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Eagle Pass CBP Officers Seize $200,000 Worth of Heroin at Port

Release Date: 
August 17, 2017

EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly nine pounds of heroin at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

Officers retrieved three packages hidden in the console of the vehicle.
Officers retrieved three packages
hidden in the console of the vehicle.

“Our CBP officers did an excellent job in intercepting these drugs and preventing them from going any further,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “The teamwork they put forth every day helps to keep dangerous drugs off our streets.”

On Aug. 14, CBP officers at Eagle Pass International Bridge I inspected a 2013 Dodge Durango as it applied for entry from Mexico. Using a non-intrusive imaging system for inspection, officers retrieved three packages hidden in the console of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 8.9 pounds of alleged heroin worth an estimated $202,000.

The male driver, a 24-year-old U.S. citizen and resident of Eagle Pass, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.

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 United States 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.

Last modified: 
August 18, 2017