Brownsville Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize $1.5 Million in Narcotics in Two Seizures on Saturday
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics on Saturday. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, which carried a combined street value of approximately $1,571,439, hidden within two vehicles at two crossings.
“Our officers did an outstanding job using multiple tools to accomplish these results,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “These dangerous drugs were intercepted and our streets are safer for it.”
The first seizure took place on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, when CBP officers working primary encountered a woman as she arrived at the port of entry as the driver of a gray 2002 Ford F-150. The driver, identified as a 52-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Gonzales, Texas, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered seven packages hidden within the Ford F-150. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 13.76 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $275,134.
The second seizure also took place on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Gateway International Bridge, when CBP officers working primary encountered a man as he arrived at the port of entry as the driver of a white 2006 Ford Econoline 250 van. The driver, identified as a 34-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system and a K9 unit, CBP officers discovered 37 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 64.82 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $1,296,305.
The combined estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures is approximately $1,571,439.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers, 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.