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