Custom officers seize over $1M in cocaine at port of entries
POSTED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 10:47am
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 10:48am
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Custom and Border Protection officers at two different port of entries seized $1,385,000 in cocaine in two separate incidents and arresting three people.
The first incident happened at the B&M port of entry on Monday, August 12th around noon when CBP officers encountered a gray 2005 Chevy Equinox driven by a 18 year-old Mexican man. The vehicle was sent to a secondary inspection and during a search officers found nine packages weighing over 21 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated value of $686,000.
In the second incident, at the Hidalgo Reynosa port of entry, officers came into contact with a maroon 1998 Chevy truck driven by a 19 year-old American man accompanied by a 25 year-old woman from Mexico, both living Corsicana, Texas. They were referred to a secondary inspection where an imaging system was used on the vehicle detecting a number of packages hidden with the truck. Officers removed nine packages of alleged cocaine weighing over 21 pounds and estimated at $699,000.
All three individuals were handed over into custody to Homeland Security Investigators for further questioning.