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Eagle Pass CBP Officers Find Cocaine Hidden in Vehicle

Release Date: 
June 3, 2013

EAGLE PASS, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle

CBP officers in Eagle Pass, TX. seize cocaine stashed inside of smuggling vehicle

Nearly 40 pounds of cocaine are seized from a driver stopped at the Camino Real International Bridge in Eagle Pass, TX.

Pass Port of Entry arrested a Mexican national Wednesday morning after finding $1.2 million worth of narcotics stashed his vehicle.

Shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday, CBP officers at Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck driven by a 47-year-old man.

The driver, a citizen and resident of Mexico, was selected for a secondary inspection. As officers inspected the pickup, they noticed anomalies within the engine compartment. An intensive search, with the aid of a CBP canine and non-intrusive imaging equipment, turned up several suspicious bundles. Officers recovered 16 packages of cocaine, weighing a total of 39.55 pounds, with an estimated value of $1,265,600. The case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.

"Officer training and experience, coupled with excellent use of tools and resources made this seizure possible," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass. "CBP implements multiple layers of enforcement to prevent dangerous contraband from entering our country."

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017