BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine at the Gateway International Bridge. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $46,738, hidden under the clothing of a man attempting entry into the United States.
“We have a commitment to keep our country secure and our officers take that responsibility very seriously,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “It is this commitment that has kept these dangerous narcotics from entering our country.”
The seizure took place on Tuesday, Feb. 09, at the Gateway International Bridge when an 18-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States through the pedestrian lane and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered three packages hidden under the man's clothing. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 2.34 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $46,738.
CBP officers seized the narcotics, arrested the traveler, 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.