EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry recently intercepted a shipment of narcotics from making entry into the United States, seizing more than 1,600 pounds of contraband.
On the afternoon of Jan. 29, CBP officers at Camino Real International Bridge, inspected a 1996 Kenworth tractor trailer hauling a flatbed trailer as it arrived in the United States from Mexico. Officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging system for inspection and retrieved 697 packages of marijuana within the commercial shipment of bricks. Officers seized a total of 1,698.64 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $339,728.86.
The driver, a 31-year-old man from Piedras Negras, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
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.