BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry discovered 42 bottles allegedly containing nearly 55 pounds of liquid methamphetamine hidden within a 1999 Dodge Caravan SE and arrested the female driver.
On Wednesday, March 6, 2013, CBP officers at the Veterans' International Bridge intercepted a woman identified as a United States citizen from Brownsville allegedly attempting to bring into the country 42 bottles containing approximately 24.72 kilograms of alleged liquid methamphetamine. A primary inspection of the bottles revealed discrepancies in the liquid within the bottles. The woman was escorted to CBP secondary for further examination. In secondary CBP officers tested the contents in the bottles which resulted in all 42 bottles containing alleged liquid methamphetamine. The street value of the alleged liquid methamphetamine would vary depending upon various factors including final weight and purity following laboratory analysis.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicle, and turned the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"This is an outstanding seizure by CBP officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry. Alertness and dedication to our critical mission on the frontline has once again proven productive with the seizure of these bottles of alleged liquid methamphetamine and the arrest of this would-be alleged smuggler," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
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.