Brownsville Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize Narcotics Valued at $82K in Two Seizures
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics this weekend. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, with a combined estimated street value of approximately $82,016, hidden within two vehicles.
“Every drug seizure is significant in keeping our borders secure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers did an outstanding job with the interception of these drug loads.”
The first seizure took place on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Gateway International Bridge, when CBP officers working primary encountered a man as he arrived as the driver of a white 1996 Ford F-250 pick-up. The driver, identified as a 54-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a K9 unit conducting primary operations alerted to the vehicle. In vehicle secondary, CBP officers discovered 129 packages hidden within the Ford pick-up. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 132.98 pounds of alleged marijuana with an estimated street value of $26,596.
The second seizure took place on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, when CBP officers working primary encountered a man as he arrived as the driver of a blue 2008 Ford Focus. The driver, identified as a 26-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 non-intrusive imaging system and K9 unit, CBP officers discovered three packages hidden within the Ford Focus. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 7.19 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of $55,420.
The combined estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures is approximately $82,016.
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.