Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Veterans' International Bridge discovered heroin valued at approximately $250,000 allegedly being smuggled into the country by a Guatemalan man as an internal body carrier.
On Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 CBP officers at the Veterans' International Bridge encountered a male Guatemalan citizen identified as a 28-year-old resident of San Miguel Petaya, Guatemala as a passenger in a taxi. A CBP officer referred the taxi and its sole passenger to secondary for further inspection. During the CBP secondary examination, CBP officers discovered the Guatemalan man was a possible internal carrier. CBP officers transported the male subject to a local hospital for further examination and a medical evaluation. At the hospital the man passed a total of 80 pellets filled with alleged heroin. The total combined weight of the 80 pellets is 1.12 kg (2.5 pounds).
The alleged heroin from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $250,000. CBP officers turned the man over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics.
"CBP officers in the past few days have stopped nearly $1 million dollars of alleged heroin at our Rio Grande Valley ports of entry. I applaud our CBP officers for their dedication as they continue to keep our homeland safe from alleged narcotics smugglers," 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.