Brownsville CBP Officers Seize Narcotics Valued at More Than $853K in Two Seizures
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted cocaine and heroin in two separate enforcement actions this past weekend that have a combined estimated street value of $853,392.
“Our officers’ alertness and experience were key factors in these seizures. Their attention to detail allowed them to stop these dangerous drugs from entering our country,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I am proud of the outstanding job our officers do day in and day out.”
The first seizure took place on Friday, Jun. 28, at the Veterans International Bridge, when CBP officers encountered a 30-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, as the driver of a black 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. The driver was referred to CBP secondary, for further examination after the primary inspection. In the secondary inspection area, CBP officers discovered 71 packages hidden within the Volkswagen Jetta. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 16.67 pounds of alleged cocaine that carry an estimated street value of $128,520.
The second seizure took place on Saturday, Jun. 29, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, when CBP officers encountered a 21-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Weslaco, Texas, as the driver of a silver 2014 Nissan Sentra. The driver was referred to CBP secondary, for further examination after the primary inspection. In the secondary inspection area, CBP officers discovered 7 packages hidden within the Nissan Sentra. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 18.12 pounds of alleged heroin that carry an estimated street value of $724,872.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the travelers, and turned them 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.