BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $3,717,837, hidden within a gray 2009 Dodge Avenger.
“This a significant seizure for our port and a vital step to keeping our borders secure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers did an exceptional job in keeping these dangerous narcotics from reaching our streets.”
The seizure took place on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 21-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, attempted entry into the United States driving a gray 2009 Dodge Avenger along with a 22-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Yoakum, Texas. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a K9 unit alert during the primary inspection. In secondary, CBP officers discovered 96 bottles within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the bottles which contained a total of 84.32 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine valued at approximately $3,717,837.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and the passenger, and turned them 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.