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Rio Grande City CBP Officers Seize $642,940 in Cocaine at the Starr-Camargo International Bridge


By R. Mitchell

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Starr-Camargo International Bridge intercepted $642,940 in alleged cocaine in yet another enforcement action. CBP officers discovered the narcotics, hidden within a 2009 Volvo tractor-trailer.

“Our CBP officers here at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry are on a tremendous pace interdicting these dangerous drugs,” said Port Director Imelda Recio, Rio Grande City Port of Entry. “This seizure is a great example of teamwork and of our officers’ commitment to keeping our communities safe.”

Packages containing 83 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at RioGrande City Port of Entry
Packages containing 83 pounds of cocaine seized by
CBP officers at Rio Grande City Port of Entry

The seizure occurred on Friday, Sept. 4 when CBP officers assigned to the commercial import lot at the Starr-Camargo International Bridge encountered a tractor hauling an empty dump truck arriving from Mexico.  The 2009 Volvo tractor and trailer were referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection.  In secondary, with the aid of a non-intrusive imaging system (NII) CBP officers discovered 35 packages containing 83.37 pounds of alleged cocaine concealed within the trailer.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $642,940.

CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the tractor-trailer, arrested the driver, and turned him over to local authorities for further investigation.

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