DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Del Rio arrested a Mexican national Friday after finding more than 30 pounds of marijuana hidden in the vehicle he was driving.
“Our CBP officers are highly trained and equipped with state-of-the-art tools,” said Michael Perez, CBP port director, Del Rio. “We are dedicated to keeping illegal drugs from entering the country.”
CBP officers inspected a 1993 Chevrolet G20 van Friday afternoon when it arrived at the Del Rio Port of Entry from Mexico. During inspection, a CBP officer noticed anomalies in the interior of the vehicle. Officers referred the van for an intensive scan by a non-intrusive imaging system, which revealed 30 packages of marijuana, weighing a total of 33.75 pounds worth an estimated $33,750.
The driver, a 19-year-old Ciudad Acuña, Mexico man, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.
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.