PROGRESO, Texas – Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Progreso/Donna Port of Entry seized over 69 pounds of alleged heroin valued at over $1.5 million this weekend.
“This weekend’s seizure is a vast illustration of the dedication and commitment put forth by our frontline officers in securing our nation’s borders,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry. “Officer experience coupled with technology played a significant role in keeping these dangerous drugs from reaching the streets of our community.”
The seizure occurred on Sunday morning, November 5th when CBP officers at the Progreso International Bridge referred a 2014 Chevy Cruz driven by a 41-year-old Mexican national, for a secondary inspection. The driver was accompanied by a 42-year-old female, a United States citizen from Weslaco, Texas. In secondary, CBP officers discovered 46 packages of alleged heroin concealed within the vehicle’s interior. The alleged heroin had a total weight of 69.71 pounds and an estimated street value of $1,581,000.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The man and woman were arrested and turned 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.