EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry arrested a United States citizen March 6, after finding narcotics in his vehicle as he attempted to make entry to the United States.
“The officers’ experience and being able to utilize all available tools was demonstrated in this seizure,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “This is another example of our officers’ commitment and vigilance to the CBP mission.”
At about 2:20 p.m., the officers, at Camino Real International Bridge, inspected a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by a U.S. citizen, as it arrived from Mexico. CBP officers retrieved 10 packages of methamphetamine concealed within the tire fenders of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 24.21 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $484,130.16.
The driver, a 31-year-old man from Fort Worth, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigations.
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.
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.