BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge seized a load of alleged heroin hidden within a green 2001 Nissan Xterra.
“With this seizure, our CBP officers have once again demonstrated their dedication and commitment to the CBP mission,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I commend our CBP officers for this outstanding interception of hard narcotics.”
The seizure took place on July 9, at the Gateway International Bridge when CBP officers referred a 29-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a green 2001 Nissan Xterra for secondary examination. Upon inspection of the vehicle and with the help of a CBP narcotics detection canine and non-intrusive imaging system (NII), CBP officers discovered six packages of alleged heroin weighing a total of 11.55 pounds. The heroin has an estimated street value of $262,000.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned him over to 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.