BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized alleged marijuana valued at nearly $614,000 at the Veterans' International Bridge import lot.
On Friday, August 16, 2013 CBP officers at the Veterans' International Bridge encountered a tractor and utility flatbed trailer at the cargo facility. The tractor and trailer were referred to CBP secondary for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in cargo secondary revealed 300 packages hidden within the structure of the farm equipment being imported on flatbed trailer. CBP officers removed the packages from within the equipment which had a total combined weight of 278.32 kilograms (613.6 pounds) of alleged marijuana.
The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $613,600. CBP officers turned the driver identified as a 29-year-old man over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the tractor-trailer.
"This load of dangerous drugs has been intercepted at the border as a direct result of the outstanding work our CBP officers do on the frontlines in protection of our nation. I command our officers for a great job with this seizure," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
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.