EAGLE PASS, TEXAS—CBP officers at the Eagle Pass port of entry seized a load of illegal drugs and more than $40,000 of undeclared currency in two separate incidents Saturday.
Saturday afternoon, CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge - working in conjunction with U.S. Border Patrol agents, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Eagle Pass Police officers - were observing southbound traffic as it departed the United States for Mexico, when they discovered a cache of undeclared money hidden in a vehicle.
Officers referred a 2011 Honda Civic, driven by a 22-year-old San Antonio man, for intensive inspection, as the vehicle approached the United States-Mexico border. A CBP canine, specially trained to detect currency, alerted officers to the interior of the vehicle. A search turned up several clear plastic-wrapped bundles of U.S. currency, totaling $43,700.
A short time later, in an unrelated incident, CBP officers at Eagle Pass International Bridge I seized nearly $80,000 worth of illegal drugs that were hidden inside a vehicle coming from Mexico. Officers selected a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by a 23-year-old Eagle Pass man for intensive inspection, during which a CBP canine alerted to the undercarriage of the vehicle. After scanning the pickup with a non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered 64.85 pounds of marijuana and 9.34 ounces of cocaine - with a combined value of $78,863 - stashed in the pickup.
In both cases, the contraband and suspects were turned over to agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
"Customs and Border Protection is cognizant of traffic that is both entering and leaving the country," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP port director, Eagle Pass. "Our officers are highly trained to detect hidden contraband. Large amounts of currency may be imported and exported with the proper documentation. Failure to report international transit of $10,000 or more could mean forfeiture of funds and criminal sanctions."
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.