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Del Rio CBP Officers Seize Marijuana Stashed in Van

Release Date: 
November 15, 2013

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017