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 $45,732, hidden within a white 1998 Chevy 3500 van.
“Our agency maintains a firm posture in keeping our borders secure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers use their professional judgment and experience in carrying out the CBP mission which resulted in this seizure.”
The seizure took place on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge when a 36-year-old male United States citizen, who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a white 1998 Chevy 3500 van. 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 32 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 228.66 pounds of alleged marijuana.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $45,732.
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.