Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $132K Worth of Narcotics in Two Seizures
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted narcotics in two separate enforcement actions that have a combined estimated street value of $132,252.
“Our officers remain vigilant to make every inspection count which led to these seizures and kept these drugs from reaching our streets,” said Acting Port Director Bob Parker, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The first seizure took place on Wednesday, Mar. 31, at the Veterans International Bridge when a 19-year-old male United States citizen from Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a 1998 Jeep. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. In secondary, CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the 1998 Jeep. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 11.37 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The second seizure took place on Friday, Apr. 2, at the Gateway International Bridge when an 18-year-old female United States citizen from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States as a pedestrian. The traveler was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. While in the secondary inspection area, CBP officers discovered three packages hidden under the woman’s clothing. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 2.22 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizures is approximately $87,720 and $44,532 respectively.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and the pedestrian and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.