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Brownsville Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize Narcotics Valued at $1.6 Million in Four Seizures

Release Date: 
July 25, 2017

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted four loads of alleged narcotics over the past weekend. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, which carried a combined street value of approximately $1,684,114, hidden within three vehicles and one body carrier.

“Each narcotics seizure is significant and plays an important role in securing our nation,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I am proud of our officers for their role in the interceptions of these dangerous narcotics.”

Packages containing 8.62 pounds of heroin seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing 8.62 pounds of heroin
seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of
Entry.

The first seizure took place on Friday, July 21, at the Gateway International Bridge, when an 18-year-old woman United States citizen who resides in Los Fresnos, Texas, arrived as a pedestrian. After a primary inspection, the CBP officers referred her to secondary for further examination. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered two packages hidden on her person. The packages contained a total of 2.67 pounds of alleged heroin with an estimated street value of $60,500.

The second seizure also took place on Friday, July 21, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, when CBP officers working primary encountered a man as he arrived as the driver of a maroon 1997 Chevy 1500 pickup. The driver, identified as a 40-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a K9 unit, CBP officers discovered three packages hidden within the Chevy pickup. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 8.62 pounds of alleged heroin with an estimated street value of $195,500.

The third seizure took place on Saturday, July 22, at the Gateway International Bridge, when a 23-year-old woman United States citizen who resides in La Feria, Texas arrived as the driver of a black 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. After a primary inspection, the CBP officers referred the driver to secondary for further examination. With the help of a K9 unit, CBP officers discovered two packages hidden within the Volkswagen Jetta. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 4.37 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of $33,660.

The fourth seizure took place on Sunday, July 23, at the Veterans International Bridge, when CBP officers working primary encountered a woman as she arrived as the driver of a white 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup. The driver, identified as a 32-year-old female 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 narcotics hidden within the Chevy pickup. CBP officers removed the narcotics, which contained a total of 99.6 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $1,394,454.

The combined estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures is approximately $1,684,114.

CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers and pedestrian, and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Last modified: 
July 26, 2017