$5.5 Million Drug Seizure at Texas Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seize 172 pounds of cocaine at Ysleta Port of Entry.

$5.5 Million Drug Seizure at Texas Border
Image Source: KRQE News 13

On January 3, 2024, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Ysleta Port of Entry Cargo Facility in El Paso, Texas, made a significant narcotics seizure, intercepting a substantial amount of illegal drugs.

Details of the Seizure:

  • A 56-year-old Mexican male driving a box truck was referred for a detailed inspection upon arriving from Mexico.
  • Inspection methods included a canine team and non-intrusive x-ray examination.
  • Key Findings: Officers discovered 64 bundles of cocaine, weighing a total of 172.6 pounds.
  • Estimated Value: The cocaine has a street value exceeding $5.5 million.

BP's Response and Impact:

  • CBP seized the narcotics and vehicle.
  • CBP Ysleta Port Director Arnoldo Gomez highlighted the importance of officer expertise, canine assistance, and technology in effective contraband control.

Source: CBP Newsroom

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