Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Veterans' International Bridge discovered methamphetamines valued at approximately $102,400 concealed within food cans in a bus passenger's baggage.
On Sunday, June 5, CBP officers at the Veterans' International Bridge came in contact with a passenger on a commercial bus. The female passenger, identified as a 30-year-old United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas was referred to secondary for further inspection of her baggage. In secondary, CBP officers found five food cans, which upon closer examination, were found to contain a package of alleged methamphetamine. Together the five packages had a combined total weight of 2.90 kilograms (6.4 pounds) with an estimated street value of approximately $102,400.
CBP officers turned the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics.
"Vigilance on primary by a CBP officer resulted in this discovery of theses dangerous drugs and the arrest of the alleged smuggler. I congratulate our CBP officers for an outstanding job in preventing these narcotics from being brought into the country," 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.