BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the B&M International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged marijuana. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $48,157, hidden within a silver 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis.
“Every seizure is significant when it comes to keeping our borders secure and dangerous drugs off our streets,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers on this seizure and thank them for their diligence and commitment to our mission.”
The seizure took place on Wednesday, Mar. 14, at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge when a 20-year-old male United States citizen, who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a silver 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. The driver was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. In vehicle secondary, CBP officers discovered nine packages hidden within the Grand Marquis. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 240.79 pounds of alleged marijuana.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $48,157.
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 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.