EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stationed at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry prevented a shipment of narcotics from making entry into the United States.
“The officers utilized their skills in preventing the shipment from making entry,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “Our officers employed a combination of observational skills and high tech tools to uncover this load and prevent it from going any further.”
At about 2:21 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, CBP officers at Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 2002 Volkswagen Passat as it arrived from Mexico being driven by a Mexican citizen. CBP officers utilized a K-9 for inspection. CBP officers retrieved 13 packages of cocaine concealed within the firewall of the vehicle, seizing a total of 30.73 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $236,980.00.
The driver, a 25-year-old woman from Piedras Negras, 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.