CBP seizes 20.8 pound load of cocaine and heroin at El Paso port of entry
POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 1:06pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 3:45pm
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers made eight separate drug seizures around the area this weekend. The largest seizure was made Friday just after 11 a.m. at the El Paso port of entry. Officers seized 17.95 pounds of cocaine and 2.85 pounds of heroin in one seizure.
The Mazda 6 vehicle was entering the U.S. from Mexico at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing. CBP officers were performing a sweep of vehicles in line when CBP drug sniffing dog “Cesar” alerted to the car. CBP officers scanned the vehicle with the Z-Portal non-intrusive inspection system and spotted several anomalies in the firewall area. CBP officers continued their exam and allegedly located eight packages hidden in a secret compartment in the dash board area. The contents of seven packages tested positive for cocaine while one tested positive for heroin.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested by CBP officers. He is identified as 37-year-old Alfredo Olguin Rosas of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Federal prosecution was accepted on charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
“The layers of enforcement CBP employs all helped make this seizure possible,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. “As a result a sizeable load of cocaine and heroin did not make their destination.”
CBP officers seized 634 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of cocaine in the other seven drug seizures made this weekend.