BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, with a combined estimated street value of approximately $240,162.
“I am very pleased with the outstanding job of our officers with these two seizures,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers’ experience and vigilance played an important role in the interception of these dangerous narcotics and our streets are safer for it.”
The first seizure took place on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 33-year-old female 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 woman's clothing. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of .46 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $9,120.
The second seizure also took place on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, when CBP officers working primary encountered a man as he arrived as the driver of a gray 2006 Chevy Trailblazer. The driver, identified as a 40-year-old male United States citizen who resides in San Antonio, Texas, was referred to CBP secondary, for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system and canine unit, CBP officers discovered one package hidden within the Chevy Trailblazer. CBP officers removed the package, which contained a total of 11.55 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $231,042.
The combined estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures is approximately $240,162.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and the pedestrian traveler, 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.