Nearly $900,000 Worth of Meth Siezed in Del Rio Border Bust

DEL RIO, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are "praising their canine companions" after a hefty drug bust near the border.

According to NBC-station KENS in San Antonio, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized alleged methamphetamine from two separate vehicles, just hours apart, on June 9.

CBP agents assigned to the Del Rio International Bridge first stopped a 1996 Mercury van trying to cross into the United States. After being alerted by their canine officers, the agents discovered 4.95 pounds of alleged methamphetamine in the vehicle. The drugs were determined to have a street value of $69,352.

A few hours later, agents were alerted to a 2011 Dodge Avenger. In the vehicle they discovered 59 pounds of alleged meth, worth $828,400.

The driver of the Avenger was discovered to be an American citizen.  He and both vehicles were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution, says KENS.

The alleged meth was collected for further study and will be used as evidence.

KENS quoted Del Rio port director Alberto D. Perez as saying: "Our CBP officers are vigilant professionals, constantly on the lookout for illicit activities. These seizures represent a significant amount of contraband that will not make it into our communities."


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