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Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $740K in Methamphetamine at Gateway International Bridge

Release Date: 
September 13, 2016

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.”

Packages containing 37 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing 37 pounds of
methamphetamine seized by CBP officers
at Brownsville Port of Entry

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017