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Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $110,000 in Heroin at Gateway International Bridge

Release Date: 
October 19, 2016

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged heroin. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $110,000, hidden within a beige 2004 Chevy Malibu.

Packages containing nearly five pounds of heroin seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing nearly five pounds
of heroin seized by CBP officers at
Brownsville Port of Entry

“Our officers used professional judgment and their experience to achieve this seizure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, “These dangerous narcotics were intercepted and our streets are safer.”

The seizure took place on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Gateway International Bridge when a 32-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a beige 2004 Chevy Malibu. The driver was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. In secondary, with the help of a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered two packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 4.85 pounds of alleged heroin valued at approximately $110,000.

CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017