Eagle Pass CBP Officers Seize Narcotics Worth Over $1.8 Million
EAGLE PASS, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry seized narcotics worth over $1.8 million in two separate unrelated enforcement actions.
“In an effort to secure our nation’s borders, as these narcotics seizures clearly illustrate, CBP has implemented enforcement strategies that have furthered the disruption of dangerous drugs from entering the country,” said Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.
The first enforcement action occurred on Monday, April 5, at the Eagle Pass International Bridge after a CBP officer referred a 2005 Ford Ranger for a secondary inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 21-year-old male United States citizen who applied for entry into the United States from Mexico. Following a non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered a total of 24 packages containing 73.7 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the tires of the vehicle.
The second seizure occurred on Monday, April 5, 2021 at the Camino Real International Bridge II after a CBP officer referred a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado for a secondary inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 60-year-old male Mexican citizen who applied for entry into the United States from Mexico. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, CBP officers discovered a total of 17 packages containing 17.9 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within two ice chests inside the vehicle.
Both seizures have a combined estimated street value of $1,832,463.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicles. The first case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. The second case was turned over to Maverick County Sheriff’s office for further investigation.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.