Progreso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Progreso International Bridge seized 23 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of close to $346,000 during the Memorial Day weekend.
On May 29, CBP officers at the Progreso International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2000 VW Jetta sedan. The male driver was identified as a 59-year-old Mexican citizen from Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. After the initial primary examination, the vehicle and driver were referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized nine methamphetamine packages that were found hidden within the vehicle. The VW Jetta was also seized by CBP.
The traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents for further investigation.
Nancy Becker, CBP port director, Progreso said, "I commend our frontline officers for their efforts in intercepting and seizing this significant drug load. Our vigilant officers continue working hard to prevent this type of contraband from entering our country."
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.