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.
“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.
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.