BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry recently intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics last week at the Gateway International Bridge. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, carrying a combined street value of approximately $203,765, hidden within the two vehicles.
“Our officers’ diligence and commitment to keeping our borders secure resulted in these seizures,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “These dangerous narcotics were kept from entering our country and our streets are safer for it.”
The first seizure took place on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Gateway International Bridge when a 41-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a black 1996 Chevy 1500 pick-up. The driver was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. In secondary, CBP officers discovered one package hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the package which contained a total of 2.15 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.
The second seizure occurred on Friday, Dec. 9, at Gateway International Bridge when a 26-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, attempted entry into the United States, driving a blue 2000 Ford Explorer XLT and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. In secondary, CBP officers discovered nine packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 20.86 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures is approximately $42,945, and $160,820, respectively.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers, and turned them 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.