CBP Officers Seize $534K in Narcotics in Two Seizures at Gateway Bridge
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry recently intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics over the weekend at the Gateway International Bridge. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, carrying a combined street value of approximately $534,201, hidden within two vehicles.
“These seizures are the result of the enforcement posture of CBP and a reflection of our officers’ dedication and commitment to the CBP mission,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I am pleased with the interception of these dangerous narcotics which we have kept from reaching our streets.”
The first seizure took place on Saturday, April 29, at Gateway International Bridge when CBP officers working primary encountered a woman as she arrived at the port of entry as the driver of a cream color 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser. The woman, identified as a 35-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. CBP officers working in secondary discovered six packages hidden within the PT Cruiser. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 14.99 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The second seizure also occurred on Saturday, April 29, at Gateway International Bridge when a 45-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Weslaco, Texas, attempted entry into the United States, driving a blue 2010 Chevrolet HHR and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. In secondary, CBP officers discovered a total of nine packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained 13.98 pounds of alleged methamphetamine, 10.71 pounds of alleged cocaine and 1.41 pounds of alleged heroin.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures is approximately $115,600, and $418,601, 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.