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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 4:19pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — Officers with US Customs and Border Protection working at the El Paso Port of Entry were able to seize 9.6 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $307,200 from a 52-year-old man coming into the US from Mexico Thursday.
“Smuggling organizations will use every imaginable method to get the narcotics through our international ports of entry,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “This seizure compliments the focus and hard work that all our officers and agents put forth each and every day.”
The seizure was made at the Paso Del Norte international crossing at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, when a 2005 Beetle Volkswagen entered port from Mexico. CBP officers and BP agents assigned to the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team were conducting a sweep of vehicles waiting in line at the international crossing when CBP drug sniffing dog “Doky” alerted to the vehicle. CBP officers and BP agents launched an exam and located a non-factory compartment in the radiator of the car. They drilled into the compartment and removed a white substance that tested positive for cocaine. A total of 4 cocaine-filled bundles were retrieved from the compartment.
CBP officers and BP agents took custody of the driver, 52-year-old Samuel Alberto Prieto of El Paso. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents took custody and booked him into the El Paso County jail to face federal prosecution.