BROWNSVILLE, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Gateway International Bridge arrested a Brownsville man in connection with an attempt to smuggle alleged heroin worth $180,000.
“This hard narcotics detection is the result of our relentless efforts in keeping dangerous drugs from crossing our borders,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “By intercepting and keeping these dangerous narcotics from entering communities, our frontline officers demonstrate their commitment to safeguard our nation.”
The narcotics seizure occurred on July 1 after CBP officers working at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a 23-year-old male United States citizen arriving from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico driving a gray 1999 Nissan Frontier. A CBP officer referred the vehicle for a secondary inspection. During the inspection and with the assistance of a canine and the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered six packages hidden within the vehicle that contained 7.94 pounds of alleged heroin, which have an estimated street value of $180,000.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the male traveler, 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.