Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered nearly $161,000 in marijuana hidden within a GMC Conversion Van.
On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, CBP officers came in contact with a red 1997 GMC conversion van driven by a 24 year-old female Mexico citizen and resident of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. At primary, a CBP officer referred the GMC for an examination in secondary. A secondary inspection by CBP officers of the conversion van resulted in the discovery of 45 packages containing a total of 160.6 pounds of marijuana.
The marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of $160,600. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents for further investigation.
"Our officers' detection of this load of marijuana has prevented these dangerous narcotics from reaching the streets of our country. I thank our officers for an excellent job in intercepting this load and their ongoing efforts to keep our community secure by stemming the flow of narcotics," said Michael Freeman, Port Director, Brownsville.
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.