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Brownsville CBP Officers Seize over 71,500 Pills of Undeclared Controlled Medication

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Los Indios International Bridge seized undeclared pharmaceutical medication that resulted in the arrest of one male traveler.

“This seizure of undeclared prescription medication was composed of sedatives and other medications that are classified as controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.

Bags containing 71,590 pills of undeclared prescription medication seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Bags containing 71,590 pills of undeclared
prescription medication seized by CBP officers at
Brownsville Port of Entry.

The seizure took place on Sunday, May 1, at the Los Indios International Bridge when a 33-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Magnolia, Texas, attempted entry into the United States driving a 2015 Ford. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection.  While in the secondary inspection area, with the aid of a canine unit and a non-intrusive inspection system (NII), CBP officers discovered pills hidden within the vehicle.  CBP officers removed the prescription medication which contained a total of 71,590 pills of prescription medication including 58,038 Xanax pills.

CBP officers seized the undeclared medication along with the vehicle, arrested the traveler and turned him over to the custody of Cameron County Sheriff officers for further investigation.

Federal law permits travelers to carry personal use amounts of prescription medications, generally considered to be up to a 90-day supply. Additionally, the medicine containers must be labeled with the doctor's prescription, or the traveler must possess a copy of the doctor’s prescription if the medicines are in an unlabeled container. Learn more at Traveling with Prescription Medications.

For more information about CBP, please click on the attached link.

Follow the Director of CBP’s Laredo Field Office on Twitter at @DFOLaredo and also U.S. Customs and Border Protection at @CBPSouthTexas for breaking news, current events, human interest stories and photos.

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Last Modified: May 3, 2022