Conexion Del Rio/Staff report

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

“Smugglers will go to any extent to cross any sizeable drug load,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “CBP officers used their training and experience to deter the shipment from making it to its intended destination.”

On March 11, officers at the Eagle Pass International Bridge inspected a 2006 Ford Fusion, driven by a Mexican citizen, as it arrived from Mexico. Using a CBP canine during inspection, officers discovered two packages of alleged cocaine concealed within the woman’s clothing. Officers seized a total of 5.23 pounds of cocaine with a total estimated value of $40,307.

The 51-year-old woman, 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.