Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Eagle Pass arrested a Hondo woman early Tuesday after discovering more than half a million dollars worth of narcotics hidden in the car she was driving.
Tuesday morning, CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 1997 Ford Expedition driven by a 30-year-old U.S. citizen, who applied for entry presenting a driver's license and birth certificate. Officers referred the vehicle for intensive inspection, during which several packages were found hidden in the console area. Officers removed a total of 10 packages from the car. Six of the packages were found to contain cocaine, while the remaining four contained methamphetamine.
CBP officers seized a total of 14.65 pounds of cocaine, valued at $468,864, and 4.64 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at $69,960. The case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
"This is yet another load of narcotics that didn't make it into the United States," said Cynthia Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass. "Our CBP officers at the ports of entry remain ever vigilant in keeping contraband from entering the country."
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
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.