Conexion Del Rio/Staff report

EAGLE PASS,TX–U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $100,000 worth of narcotics, in an enforcement action at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

“Our CBP officers intercepted these drugs and prevented them from reaching their destination,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “Our officers employed a combination of observational skills and high tech tools to uncover this load and prevent it from going any farther.”

On March 27, CBP officers at the Eagle Pass International Bridge inspected a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle with Mexican plates, driven by a Mexican citizen, as it arrived from Mexico. Officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging system and canine for inspection. The inspection resulted in the retrieval of three packages of alleged cocaine and one package of alleged Mexican black tar heroin from the firewall area of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 8.23 pounds of alleged cocaine and 1.37 pounds of Mexican black tar heroin with a total worth estimated street value of $100,747.

The 45-year-old man from San Francisco Tepayanco, Toluca, Mexico, who was driving the Volkswagen Beetle, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigations. CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics.