Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $1.9 Million in Methamphetamine at Veterans International Bridge
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Veterans International Bridge intercepted a load of methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the narcotics, valued at approximately $1,975,322, hidden within a tan 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.
“This substantial seizure demonstrates our officers’ commitment to the CBP mission of keeping our borders secure and our country is safer for it,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for their outstanding work.”
The seizure took place on Saturday, Apr. 6, at Veterans International Bridge when a 18-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a tan 2001 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the aid of a non-intrusive inspection system and canine unit, CBP officers discovered a total of 54 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 98.77 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $1,975,322.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned him 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.