Del Rio, Texas– U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Del Rio port of entry foiled a smuggling attempt Sunday, seizing nearly eight pounds of methamphetamine.
Shortly after midnight Sunday, CBP officers selected a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer for intensive inspection after it arrived in the United States from Mexico. Using electronic inspection equipment and a CBP drug detector canine, officers located a fiberglass box hidden in dash of the vehicle. The box contained six packages containing a total of 7.92 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.
The driver, a 50-year-old Stephenville man, was taken into custody by agents of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
“Our CBP officers employed exceptional inspection techniques, combined with good use of available technology and tools,” said Michael Perez, CBP port director, Del Rio. “Their dedication and vigilance kept a dangerous drug from entering the country.”
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 U.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.