KINGSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents discover an assortment of narcotics during a failed smuggling attempt.
On Friday, agents assigned to the Kingsville checkpoint referred a Freightliner Truck to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K9 alerted to the cargo area. During the inspection, agents located 8 bundles of cocaine with a total weight of 18 pounds; 2 bundles of methamphetamine, with a total weight of 2.5 pounds; and a bundle of heroin weighing nearly 3 pounds. The combined value of the narcotics is estimated to be worth over $673K.
The driver, a 23-year-old United States citizen and the alleged narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”
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.