EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry prevented a shipment of hard narcotics from making entry into the United States.
“This significant seizure by our officers demonstrates the teamwork they accomplish every day at our port,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “Our officers’ team effort assisted in uncovering this load and prevent it from arriving to its destination.”
In the morning hours of Sept. 13, the officers at Eagle Pass International Bridge, inspected a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a U.S. citizen, as it arrived from Mexico. Officers utilized a K-9 and a non-intrusive imaging system for inspection and discovered nine packages of alleged narcotics within the rear quarter panel of the vehicle. CBP officers retrieved four packages of alleged crystal methamphetamine, two packages of alleged hashish and three packages of alleged marijuana. Officers seized a total of 4.63 pounds of methamphetamine, 3.59 pounds of marijuana and 3.95 pounds of hashish, all worth an estimated $105,754.40.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics. The driver, a 21-year-old man from Pearsall, 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.