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 $81,790, hidden within a blue 2006 Chevrolet Silverado.
“This is a large amount of drugs that were kept from reaching our streets and our citizens,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers did an outstanding job intercepting these drugs.”
The seizure took place on Monday, Jan. 9, at Gateway International Bridge when a 55-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Port Isabel, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a blue 2006 Chevy Silverado. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered 17 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 409 pounds of alleged marijuana.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $81,790.
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.