DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Del Rio arrested a Mexican national Tuesday after finding more than 30 pounds of marijuana hidden in the vehicle he was driving.
CBP officers inspected a 1998 Dodge Caravan Tuesday evening when it arrived at the Del Rio port of entry from Mexico. During inspection, a CBP canine alerted officers to the spare tire area. Officers opened the tire and found 32 packages of marijuana, weighing a total of 35.55 pounds, worth an estimated $35,550.
The driver, a 57-year-old Ciudad Acuña, Mexico man, and vehicle were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.
"The working CBP canine team is one of the many tools available for interdicting contraband at our ports of entry," said Michael Perez, CBP port director, Del Rio. "The Canine Program's goal, of detection and seizure of controlled substances and other contraband, serves to deny finances to criminal drug trafficking organizations."
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.