Eagle Pass Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly $900K Worth of Cocaine
DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 57 immigration checkpoint in Eagle Pass seized 78.2 pounds of cocaine worth $869,750 from a commercial bus Thursday.
“Drug trafficking organizations rely on profits from illicit substances to fuel their illegal operations,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “A seizure of this magnitude not only takes this harmful substance off American streets, but it also deals a costly blow to the cartels. I commend all agents and personnel who played a role in this noteworthy seizure.”
On April 19, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station conducted a routine inspection of a commercial travel bus as it stopped at the station’s immigration checkpoint. With the help of a Border Patrol canine team, agents located multiple packages of cocaine that had been hidden inside a compartment of the bus. Federal law allowed agents to seize the contraband and the bus, which were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. At this time, no suspects have been charged in relation to this case.
And in another victory on the war against drugs, Operation Stonegarden seized more than $90K in narcotics.
That afternoon, a trooper stopped a sedan traveling westbound for a traffic violation. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 26 packages of methamphetamine, worth an excess of $90,000.
The driver was arrested for the possession and transportation of dangerous drugs and faces felony charges with the Pima County Attorney’s Office.
Collaboration between state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies has created a greater force against transnational criminal organizations in southern Arizona, disrupting illicit activities in border communities.
Operation Stonegarden is a Department of Homeland Security program that grants funds to other law enforcement agencies to enhance and strengthen border security throughout the United States.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
SOURCE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection