BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged marijuana. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $67,099, hidden within a gray 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe.
“All seizures are important regardless of the amount in keeping our borders secure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, “I congratulate our officers for their diligence in carrying out the CBP mission.”
The seizure took place on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Gateway International Bridge when a 29-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a gray 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe when a K-9 unit conducting inspections in the area alerted to the vehicle. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered 14 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 335.50 pounds of alleged marijuana.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $67,099.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned her 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.