Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered almost $105,000 in marijuana concealed within a Ford Windstar.
On Wednesday, February 10, at the Gateway International Bridge, CBP officers encountered a gray 1998 Ford Windstar driven by a 19-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A primary CBP officer referred the Ford for further examination in secondary after a primary inspection. CBP officers' secondary inspection of the Ford resulted in the discovery of more than 47.5 kilograms (104.7 pounds) of marijuana.
The marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of $104,700. CBP officers turned the driver over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation.
"As port director for the Brownsville port of entry I applaud our officers for a job well done. Another load of marijuana has been stopped at the border and will not reach our schools and our communities," 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.