BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at Los Indios International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged heroin and alleged marijuana, with an estimated combined street value of approximately $281,534, hidden within a blue 2006 Kia Optima.
“This significant interception of hard narcotics is the result of the unyielding determination of our CBP officers in keeping narcotics from entering our country,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I commend our officers for their diligence in protecting our borders and our nation.”
The seizure took place on Sunday, May 28, at Los Indios International Bridge when a 21-year-old male United States citizen with residence in San Benito, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a blue 2006 Kia Optima and was referred to CBP secondary for examination. Upon inspection of the vehicle and with the assistance of non-intrusive inspection technology (NII), CBP officers discovered and removed 10 packages of alleged heroin and 42 packages of alleged marijuana hidden within the vehicle. The packages contained a total of 9.92 pounds and 57.67 pounds, respectively. The combined street value of the seized narcotics is estimated at approximately $281,534.
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.