Eagle Pass, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Eagle Pass arrested a Piedras Negras, Mexico resident Saturday after discovering nearly $400,000 worth of narcotics hidden in the vehicle he was driving.
Saturday morning, CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck, bearing Arkansas license plates, driven by a 25-year-old U.S. citizen. Officers referred the vehicle for intensive inspection, during which they employed a non-intrusive imaging system to scan the pickup. A drug-detector canine alerted officers to the rear floor of the pickup, where officers removed six bundles that tested positive for cocaine.
CBP officers seized a total of 12.23 pounds of cocaine, valued at $392,424. The case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
"This seizure is yet another example of the vigilance and training of our frontline CBP officers," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass. "Keeping dangerous drugs off the streets is one of the many aspects of our job."
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 U.S. 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.