Conexion Del Rio/Staff report

EAGLE PASS,TX–U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry recently seized a significant amount of alleged methamphetamine, valued at more than $500,000 during an enforcement action.

“CBP officers utilize their expertise, technology, tools and canine support every day to identify and stop contraband at our borders,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

On Feb. 5, CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup, bearing Texas plates, as it arrived from Mexico. Officers utilized a CBP canine and a non-intrusive imaging system for inspection. CBP officers retrieved 10 packages of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the floor of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 25.45 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $508,821.

The driver, 22-year-old man from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, was 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.