Conexión Del Río/Staff Report

 EAGLE PASS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized alleged methamphetamine valued at more than half a million dollars at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

“This interception of dangerous narcotics truly exemplifies the detailed and thorough work of our officers at our port,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “Our officers work vigorously every day to protect our country and keep our streets safe.”

On August 6, at about 10:25 a.m., CBP officers at Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 2013 Ford Escape, driven by a Mexican citizen, as it arrived from Mexico. Officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging system for inspection and a K-9. CBP officers retrieved 19 packages of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the floor area of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 28.35 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $567,023.12.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics. The driver, a 26-year-old woman from Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

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.