POSTED: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 8:11am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 1:06pm
El Paso - U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel working at the El Paso port of entry seized 24.5 pounds of cocaine Tuesday.
A CBP investigation of the incident revealed that the smuggler was using an assumed identity to enter the United States.
The seizure was made at approximately 2:40 p.m. at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing.
CBP officers were performing an enforcement sweep of vehicles waiting to enter the primary inspection booths when CBP drug sniffing dog “Outlaw” alerted to a 2006 Chevrolet Vectra. CBP officers began searching the car and located a brown-taped bundle in the center console. The driver tried to flee on foot towards Mexico but was quickly caught by CBP officers. CBP officers then removed a total of 12 cocaine-filled bundles from the center console of the car.
CBP officers interviewed the driver, who provided information indicating that he was 34-year-old Juarez man.
Further inspection by CBP officers determined that the man in custody was not the person he originally claimed to be but instead 31-year-old Jose Maria Gomez De La Fuente of Juarez, Mexico. He faces a variety of drug charges.