EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry intercepted a shipment of alleged methamphetamine valued at nearly a quarter of a million dollars from a vehicle driven by a Mexican national on Nov. 9.
The interception occurred at the Camino Real International Bridge, when CBP officers inspected a 2008 Hyundai Sonata, driven by a Mexican citizen, as it arrived from Mexico. Officers used a non-intrusive imaging system and CBP canine for inspection. CBP officers retrieved 12 packages of methamphetamine from the rocker panels of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 15.87 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $224,641.
The driver, a 22-year-old woman from Piedras Negras, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.
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.