El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry Thursday, made a 79.64 pound cocaine seizure.
"Our CBP officers working hand in glove in inspections together with Border Patrol agents in our Anti-Terrorist Contraband Enforcement Team have been making excellent interceptions and this is an impressive seizure to add to their accomplishments," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director.
The seizure was made at the Ysleta international crossing at 9:38 p.m. when a 1999 Ford Windstar arrived at the port from Mexico. CBP officers, canine teams and Border Patrol Agents were conducting a sweep of vehicles waiting in line at the international crossing when CBP drug sniffing dog "Shake" alerted to the vehicle. CBP officers launched an exam and located a non-factory compartment in the floor area of the vehicle. They drilled into the compartment and removed a white substance that tested positive for cocaine. CBP officers removed a total of 20 cocaine-filled bundles from the compartment.
CBP officers arrested the driver, 32-year-old Brenda Molina Sanchez a U.S. Citizen of El Paso. She was turned over to ICE-HSI special agents after the case was accepted for federal prosecution and booked into the El Paso County jail. She remains in custody and is being held without bond.
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.