Conexión Del Río/Staff Report

EAGLE PASS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized alleged cocaine valued at almost $400,000, within the center console of a vehicle at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

CBP officers retrieved 20 packages of cocaine from underneath the center console area of the vehicle.

“Our officers work rigorously every day to protect our country and keep our streets safe,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “This seizure demonstrates the dedication our frontline officers have to CBP’s border security mission”.

On June 3, at about 5:34 a.m., the officers at Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 2004 Chevy Silverado, driven by a United States citizen, as it arrived from Mexico. Officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging system for inspection and a K-9. CBP officers retrieved 20 packages of cocaine from underneath the center console area of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 51.06 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $393,720.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics. The driver, a 37-year-old man from Eagle Pass, 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.