EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry detected narcotics in a battery of a vehicle as the driver attempted to make entry to the United States over the weekend.
“Smugglers will go to any extent to cross any sizeable drug load,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “CBP officers used their training and experience to deter the shipment from making it to its intended destination.”
At about 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, CBP officers at Eagle Pass International Bridge inspected a 2002 Dodge Caravan driven by a legal permanent resident of the U.S. and citizen of Mexico as it arrived from Mexico. CBP officers utilized a K-9 for inspection. CBP officers retrieved four packages of brown heroin concealed within the battery of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 14.31 pounds of brown heroin worth an estimated $324,500.00.
The driver, a 47-year-old woman from Eagle Pass, was arrested by CBP officers and 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.