EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized alleged cocaine valued at more than $190,000, from the rear passenger seats of a vehicle at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.
“This interception of dangerous drugs truly exemplifies the teamwork of our officers working at our port,” 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.”
On June 28, at about 8:45 p.m., the officers at Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 2011 Dodge Avenger, driven by a Mexican citizen, as it arrived from Mexico. Officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging system for inspection and a K-9. CBP officers retrieved 10 packages of alleged cocaine from the rear passenger seats of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 25.40 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $195,840.
CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics. The driver, a 29-year-old man from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico was turned over to Maverick County Sheriff’s Department 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.