BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $740,746, hidden within a white 2004 Chevy Tahoe.
“This is an excellent effort on the part of our officers conducting pre-primary inspections,” said Port Director Petra Horne, “It is because of the layered enforcement approach that these dangerous narcotics were intercepted.”
The seizure took place on Friday, Sep. 9, at Gateway International Bridge when a K-9 unit conducting pre-primary inspections alerted to the vehicle driven by a 31-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Mexico, as he applied for entry into the United States driving a white 2004 Chevy Tahoe. The driver was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. In secondary, CBP officers discovered 20 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 37.04 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $740,746.
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.