Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge yesterday seized heroin valued at approximately $970,000 discovered within six aluminum food cans.
This is the second time in four days that our officers have discovered heroin hidden in sealed food cans," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville Port of Entry. "Our CBP officers' training has been instrumental in these seizures as they continue to stop dangerous drugs from reaching our city streets. I applaud our officers for their diligence and commitment to our nation's security."
On September 20 at the Gateway International Bridge a 28-year-old female citizen of Mexico arrived at the port of entry as the driver of a grey 1996 Ford Windstar. A primary CBP officer's inspection of the Windstar revealed inconsistencies with the van. The Ford and driver were escorted to secondary for further examination.
At secondary, CBP officers' examination of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of six aluminum food cans hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the six cans and extracted a single package from each can with a combined total weight of 9.7 pounds of heroin.
The heroin from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $970,000. CBP officers turned the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations 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.