BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry recently intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics in one day at the Gateway International Bridge. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, carrying a combined street value of approximately $451,502, hidden within the two vehicles.
“This significant success was possible because of the experience of our officers and vigilance in performing their inspectional duties,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I commend our officers for their hard work and commitment in keeping our borders secure.”
The first seizure took place on Friday, Nov. 11, at Gateway International Bridge when CBP officers working primary encountered a man as he arrived at the port of entry as the driver of a tan 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. The man, identified as a 31-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a K-9 unit, CBP officers working in secondary discovered eight packages hidden within the Chevrolet Cobalt. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 16.05 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.
The second seizure also occurred on Friday, Nov. 11, at Gateway International Bridge when a 19-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, attempted entry into the United States, driving a green 2003 Ford Expedition and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. With the help of a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered 10 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 6.53 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures is approximately $320,990, and $130,512, 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.