EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently discovered over 146 pounds of alleged marijuana within the floor of a vehicle at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

“Smugglers will go to any extent to cross a sizeable drug load,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “CBP officers used their training and experience to deter the shipment from making it to its intended destination.”

On May 14, the officers at the Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 1997 Ford F-150, driven by a 21-year-old man, as it arrived from Mexico. Officers utilized a CBP canine and a non-intrusive imaging system for inspection and discovered 58 packages of alleged marijuana within the truck bed area of the vehicle. CBP officers retrieved a total of 146.21 pounds of alleged marijuana, with an estimated street value of $29,241.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and narcotics. The driver, a Mexican citizen who resides in Sanger, 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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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