BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged marijuana. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $22,769, hidden within a black 2011 Nissan Sentra.
“We remain vigilant in keeping our borders secure as we approach the holidays,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers’ experience and keen observations led to the discovery of these drugs.”
The seizure took place on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Gateway International Bridge when a 21-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a black 2011 Nissan Sentra. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered 88 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 113.85 pounds of alleged marijuana.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $22,769.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned her 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 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.