Cocaine with an estimated street value of $350,000 seized at BOTA

Cocaine with an estimated street value of $350,000 seized at BOTA
Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:30am

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers seized over ten pounds of cocaine shortly after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing.

CBP officers, CBP canine teams, and Border Patrol agents were performing a sweep of vehicles waiting south of the primary inspection booths. A CBP drug sniffing dog name "Shake" alerted agents to a 1995 Ford F-150 truck driven by 33-year-old Omar Eduardo Robles Romero of Chihuahua City, Mexico.

The truck was them moved to a secondary inspection area where officers allegedly located seven cocaine-filled bundles concealed inside the engine's manifold. The total amount of cocaine seized totaled 10.95 pounds, and has an estimated street value of $350,000.

“Smugglers spent considerable time and effort to conceal this cocaine load,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “This seizure proves again that smugglers will use any available space in a vehicle to hide their contraband.”

CBP officers arrested Robles Romero and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charged associated with the alleged smuggling attempt.

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