Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize Over $300K in Heroin and Methamphetamine
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Veterans International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $348,000, hidden within a blue 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan.
“Our CBP officers remain vigilant intercepting hard narcotics and thwarting illegal activity to keep our nation safe,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “This seizure exemplifies the officers’ specialized expertise and skill at what they do.”
The seizure took place on Sunday, April 15, at the veterans International Bridge when an 82-year-old male Mexican citizen applied for entry into the United States driving a blue 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. Upon inspection of the vehicle, and with the use of non-intrusive imaging technology (NII) and a CBP narcotic detector canine, CBP officers discovered and removed four packages of alleged heroin and one package of alleged methamphetamine with a total weight of 12 pounds and 1.3 pounds, respectively.
The combined estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $348,000.
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.