Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownville, Texas and Matamoros International Bridge seized heroin valued at approximately $520,000 discovered within four fruit cans.
A 20-year-old U.S. citizen female arrived at the port of entry Friday as a pedestrian. The CBP officer's primary examination of the traveler's belongings revealed four fruit cans along with other dry goods. The pedestrian was escorted for further examination where CBP officers' inspection of the metal fruit cans revealed a hidden package within each. CBP officers removed the packages from the cans that contained a combined total weight of 2.34 kilograms (5.2 pounds) of heroin.
The heroin from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $520,000. CBP officers turned the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
"Brownsville CBP officers utilized their observational training and their vigilance which greatly contributed to this seizure and arrest. I congratulate our CBP officers for their professionalism and vigilance," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
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.