DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Uvalde Station seized $336,000 worth of cocaine Saturday after finding the narcotics hidden in a car.
Shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, a 2003 Pontiac Aztec approached the Highway 90 immigration checkpoint near Uvalde. While agents were conducting routine immigration inspections, a Border Patrol canine alerted to the possible presence of contraband in the vehicle. An intensive search revealed four packages hidden in the tailgate of the vehicle. The packages contained a total of 10.5 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $336,000. The driver, an 18-year-old Del Rio man, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.
The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. For fiscal year 2013, the Del Rio Sector has seized over 33,700 pounds of marijuana and 17.7 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $27.5 million.
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.