BROWNSVILLE, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at two of Brownsville’s International Bridge arrested three persons in connection with separate, unrelated attempts to smuggle alleged methamphetamine worth $3,165,804 this weekend.
“Our officers’ outstanding commitment and unparalleled dedication to the CBP mission was most evident this weekend as demonstrated by these excellent interceptions of more than $3.1 million in hard narcotics at two of our international bridges,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The first seizure occurred on May 29 after CBP officers working at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen arriving from Mexico in a taxicab. After referring the Houston, Texas resident for a secondary inspection, officers discovered six plastic bottles that contained 54.90 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and have an estimated street value of $1,097,890.
The second incident occurred on May 30 at the same border crossing after CBP officers came in contact with a 26-year-old female U.S. citizen from Brownsville who arrived at the pedestrian lanes. Officers referred the female for a secondary examination and subsequently discovered two packages weighing approximately 2.2 pounds of alleged methamphetamine hidden on her person which carry an estimated street value of $44,092.
The last and most notable interception occurred on May 31, at the Veterans International Bridge after CBP officers referred a white 2007 Chrysler Sebring driven by a 24-year-old male U.S. citizen from Houston for a secondary inspection. During the process of the examination, officers discovered 16 plastic bottles which contained 101.20 pounds of alleged methamphetamine, valued at approximately $2,023,822.
CBP OFO arrested the three persons, who were ultimately released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation. OFO seized all the narcotics and seized the Chrysler sedan as well.
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.