CBP Officers at Del Rio Port of Entry Seize $150,000 in Marijuana
DEL RIO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Del Rio Port of Entry on Thursday seized marijuana valued at $150,000 during a routine examination of a vehicle driven by an East Texas woman. The seizure occurred on July 28, 2011 at Del Rio International Bridge . A CBP officer referred a 2003 Chevy Suburban driven by a 40-year-old female U.S. citizen from Lufkin , Texas for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered anomalies in the rear part of the vehicle. Upon further examination, CBP officers discovered 140 packages hidden throughout the vehicle containing a total of 150 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $150,000.
CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation and seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
“Our frontline officers maintained their vigilance, applied an effective combination of experience, canines and technology and seized a significant load of narcotics,” said Michael Perez, CBP Port Director, Del Rio . “Seizures like this one reiterate the importance of narcotics interdiction in helping to keep our borders secure.”