BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $205,852, hidden within 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.
“Our officers did an outstanding job in seizing these hard narcotics,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “The security of our borders is something that our officers are devoted to and take very seriously.”
The seizure took place on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 29-year-old male Mexican citizen applied for entry into the United States driving a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. The driver was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. In secondary, with the aid of a non-intrusive imaging system and a canine unit, CBP officers discovered 26 packages which contained a total of 13.40 pounds of alleged cocaine, 1.72 pounds of alleged heroin and 3.17 pounds of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the vehicle.
The estimated street value of the cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from the seizure is $103,360, $39,000 and $9,436 respectively.
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 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.