Brownsville, Texas – Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Veteran’s International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine this weekend. CBP officers discovered the narcotics, valued at approximately $997,000 hidden within a 2006 blue Ford Fusion.
“I congratulate our CBP officers for their outstanding resiliency which resulted in this interception of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Keeping dangerous drugs from crossing our borders is how our agency contributes in keeping our communities safe.”
On Sunday, June 14 CBP officers working at the Veteran’s International Bridge encountered a male as he arrived at the port of entry driving a Ford Fusion. The man, identified as a 47-year-old United States citizen who resides in Harlingen, Texas, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. With the use of all available tools and resources, including a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers detected packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed 22 packages which contained a total of 49.87 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the male traveler, and turned him 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.