U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Texas seized fentanyl and cocaine worth more than $450,000 in three separate incidents in recent days.
Authorities say 12.95 pounds of fentanyl plus 44.12 pounds of cocaine were recovered in three separate incidents at the Ysalita Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas, on February 1 and 5.
Customs and Border Protection officers seized 2.33 pounds of cocaine from a 24-year-old man who is a citizen of Mexico during a secondary inspection of his vehicle on February 1.
Just 30 minutes later, officers conducted an X-ray and canine inspection of the 31-year-old Mexican woman’s vehicle, finding 21.6 pounds of cocaine and 12.95 pounds of fentanyl.
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On February 5, officers seized 20.19 pounds of cocaine from a 25-year-old man who is a U.S. citizen, saying the drug was found during a secondary search of his vehicle.
According to Customs and Border Protection, the drugs are valued at more than $450,000.
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These individuals were arrested and turned over to federal, state or local authorities.
“CBP officers are routinely intercepting significant drug shipments using a layered enforcement approach,” said CBP Ysleta Port Director Arnoldo Gomez. “Officer skills, canines and technology all play a role in our enforcement strategy.”
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