Eagle Pass, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass port of entry this weekend seized cocaine and marijuana valued at $875,515 in two separate unrelated enforcement actions.
The larger-valued and more recent seizure occurred on April 10 at Camino Real International Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2006 Chevy Cobalt driven by a 32-year-old male U.S. citizen from Eagle Pass for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered anomalies in the quarter panels. Upon further examination, CBP officers discovered 10 packages containing a total of 24 pounds of cocaine. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $770,515.
The other seizure also occurred at the same bridge on April 9. A CBP officer referred a 1998 Ford Sport driven by a 50-year-old male Mexican citizen from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered anomalies throughout the vehicle. CBP officers conducted an intensive examination and discovered 50 packages containing a total of nearly 105 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $105,000.
CBP officers turned the drivers of both vehicles over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation and seized the narcotics and the vehicles.
"These seizures of cocaine and marijuana over the weekend highlight the significant narcotics threat our officers face on a daily basis and their ability to use an effective combination of experience, canines and technology to meet that threat," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass.
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.