CBP Officers at Southern Texas Port of Entry Foil Cocaine Smuggler
May 24th 2012 · 2 Comments
Eagle Pass, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Eagle Pass port of entry Friday seized more than 12 pounds of cocaine from a vehicle entering the country from Mexico.
Friday afternoon, CBP officers at Eagle Pass Bridge No. 1 referred a 1997 Buick LeSabre driven by a 27-year-old Mexican citizen Piedras Negras, for intensive inspection. Officers scanned the car using a non-intrusive imaging system and discovered six electrical tape-wrapped packages hidden inside the vehicle. A field test revealed that the packages contained a total of 12.67 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $405,504.
The suspect was turned over to agents of Homeland Security Investigations.
“The persistence of our CBP officers, coupled with their training, was instrumental in preventing this load of narcotics from reaching America’s streets,” said CBP Port Director Cynthia O. Rodriguez. “Our frontline officers continue to keep a step ahead of would-be smugglers.”
A version of this column originally appeared in www.cbp.gov.
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