Eagle Pass, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Eagle Pass arrested a Mississippi woman Thursday after finding her in possession of more than $200,000 worth of illicit drugs. In an unrelated incident, CBP officers detained a suspect wanted by local authorities in connection with an aggravated robbery.
“Our CBP officers’ training and experience are invaluable in detecting contraband in any form,” said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass. “They are our first line of defense against illicit narcotics entering the country.”
CBP officers, working the pedestrian lane at the Camino Real International Bridge, encountered a 37-year-old woman as she arrived from Mexico, early Thursday morning. During inspection, officers discovered packages inside the linings of two coolers she was carrying. CBP officers recovered a total of 14.65 pounds of a methamphetamine, worth an estimated $219,780, from the packages.
The woman, a resident of Byhalia, Miss., was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.
In an unrelated incident, Friday morning, CBP officers detained a 21-year-old man after records checks revealed he was wanted in connection with the recent robbery of a Game Stop store in Eagle Pass. The subject was turned over to the Eagle Pass Police Department.
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.