Conexión Del Río/Staff Report

EAGLE PASS – More than 70 pounds of hard narcotics, with an estimated value of almost $1.5 million, were seized at the Eagle Pass port of entry by Customs and Border Protection agents on Saturday, August 20, 2016. CBP officers also halted the attempted smuggling of a child in a separate action.

Officers seized a total of 70.60 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine, worth an estimated $1,411,825.84.

“This interception of dangerous drugs and human smuggling of a child exemplifies the teamwork of our officers working at our port,” 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 preventing it from going any further and halt these types of human smuggling attempts, all in a day’s work.”

At about 5:03 p.m., CBP officers at the Eagle Pass International Bridge inspected a 2008 Dodge Nitro, driven by a United States citizen woman, as it arrived from Mexico. A minor was a passenger in the vehicle, presented a U.S. birth certificate to the officers. Upon questioning, CBP officers learned that the minor was a Mexican citizen without legal documents to enter the U.S. and the woman allegedly provided the U.S. birth certificate to smuggle him into the U.S. illegally.

The 37-year-old woman, from Houston, will appear before a U.S. magistrate for alleged violation of immigration law.

At approximately 7:35 p.m., CBP at the Eagle Pass International Bridge inspected a 2006 Ford F-150 truck as it arrived in the United States from Mexico. Officers noticed anomalies in the bed liner area and utilized a K-9 and a non-intrusive imaging system for inspection, 30 packages of alleged crystal methamphetamine were retrieved within the bed liner of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 70.60 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine worth an estimated $1,411,825.84.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics. The driver, a 42-year-old man from San Antonio, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.