Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $20,070 in Marijuana at Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the B&M International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged marijuana. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $20,070, hidden within a gray 2000 Dodge Durango.
“Our agency will diligently continue to ensure our borders are secure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers are unwavering in their vigilance and will continue to stand strong in carrying out our mission.”
The seizure took place on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge when a 43-year-old male United States citizen, who resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, applied for entry into the United States driving a gray 2000 Dodge Durango. The driver was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system which detected anomalies within the vehicle and a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered 16 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 100.35 pounds of alleged marijuana.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $20,070.
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.