Conexion Del Rio/Staff report

EAGLE PASS,TX–Over the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were active in seizing more than 14 pounds of hard narcotics, in two separate enforcement actions at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

“Our CBP officers did an excellent job in intercepting these drugs and preventing them from going any further,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “The teamwork they put forth every day helps to keep these types of dangerous drugs off our streets.”

On Jan. 20, CBP officers at the Eagle Pass International Bridge inspected a 2002 Kia Optima with Texas plates, driven by a 32-year-old San Antonio woman, as it arrived from Mexico. Officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging system and canine for inspection. The inspection resulted in the retrieval of alleged Mexican brown heroin from two wooden frames inside the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 13.21 pounds of alleged Mexican brown heroin worth an estimated $299,500.

On Jan. 22, CBP officers at the Eagle Pass International Bridge inspected a 2007 GMC Denali, as it arrived from Mexico. The driver, 28-year-old-man from Andrews, Texas, was accompanied by a 46-year-old-woman from Seminole, Texas. Upon further inspection, CBP officers retrieved a package of alleged crystal methamphetamine concealed within the woman’s clothing. Officers seized a total of 1.06 pounds of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $21,120.

The three subjects, all U.S. citizens, were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized both vehicles and narcotics. 

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.