BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics concealed under the clothes of two pedestrians who were applying for entry into the United States at two different Brownsville International Bridges. The alleged drugs have a combined street value of approximately $45,400.
“These seizures exemplify the high level of awareness our CBP officers maintain to impede the trafficking of narcotics while upholding the CBP mission in the performance of their law enforcement duties,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I commend our officers for their continued success in keeping hard narcotics and other threats from entering our nation.”
The first seizure took place on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Gateway International Bridge, when an 18-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States as a pedestrian and was referred to secondary for further examination. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered two packages hidden on her person. The packages contained a total of 1.26 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $25,000.
The second seizure occurred on the same day at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, when a 23-year-old male Mexican citizen resident of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, arrived as a pedestrian and was referred to secondary for further examination. During the inspection, CBP officers discovered two packages hidden on his person. The packages contained a total of 2.65 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of $20,400.
CBP officers seized the narcotics, arrested the pedestrians, 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 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.