BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry helped prevent mayhem on the streets this Halloween with a seizure of nearly 52 pounds of alleged methamphetamine that carries a street value of $1.6 million.
"Our frontline CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry helped keep our community safer this Halloween by seizing nearly 52 pounds of methamphetamine," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville. "This seizure follows two significant cocaine seizures within the past eight days showing the hard narcotics threat that our officers face and their determination to confront it."
The seizure occurred on Wednesday, October 30, when CBP officers working at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a 28-year-old U.S. citizen from Brownsville, Texas driving a 2006 Kia Optima. CBP officers referred the driver and vehicle for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered 22 packages containing a total of nearly 52 pounds of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the vehicle. The estimated street value for the crystal methamphetamines is $1.6 million.
CBP officers arrested the male driver, seized the alleged methamphetamines and the Kia Optima. CBP officers turned the driver over to 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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.