EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Drug-sniffing dogs led border officers to two loads of cocaine last week at the Ysleta Port of Entry in El Paso’s Lower Valley.
Both vehicles arrived from Mexico at 6 a.m. — one on March 20 and one on March 22 — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
After a CBP canine and non-intrusive inspection, border officers found 5.05 pounds of cocaine in the bumper of a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old male U.S. citizen and 10.6 pounds of cocaine within the radiator of a vehicle driven by a 33-year-old Mexican man.
CBP said the drugs had an estimated street value of $135,000.
“Every illicit narcotics shipment that CBP officers intercept is significant,” said Port Director Arnoldo Gomez. “CBP officers continue to step up and address this threat on a daily basis, therefore making our communities safer.”
CBP arrested both subjects and handed them over to Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution.