Conexion Del Rio/Staff report

EAGLE PASS,TX–U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Camino Real International Port of Entry prevented a shipment of narcotics from making entry into the United States.

“This interception of dangerous drugs truly exemplifies the teamwork of our officers working at our port,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “CBP officers used their training and experience to deter the narcotics from making it to its intended destination.”

On Jan. 12, officers at the Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor, driven by a U.S. citizen, as it arrived from Mexico. The man was accompanied by a U.S. citizen woman. Officers utilized a CBP canine and a non-intrusive imaging system for inspection and discovered a package of alleged narcotics within the floor of the vehicle. CBP officers retrieved a total of 1.28 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $56,379.

The 41-year-old man and 34-year-old woman both from Batesville, were arrested by CBP officers and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigations. CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicle.

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.