BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged heroin and marijuana. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $69,539, hidden within 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor.
“Our officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry did an outstanding job in carrying out our CBP mission of protecting our borders from illegal narcotics,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers take their responsibility very seriously and remain vigilant day in and day out.”
The seizure took place on Thursday, Apr. 23, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 47-year-old male United States citizen applied for entry into the United States driving a 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor. 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, CBP officers discovered one package which contained a total of 2.44 pounds of alleged heroin and four packages which contained a total of 70.19 pounds of alleged marijuana hidden within the vehicle.
The estimated street value of the heroin and marijuana from the seizure is $55,500 and $14,039 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.