Brownsville, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized alleged marijuana valued at nearly $2,434,760 at the Veterans’ International Bridge import lot.
“This significant amount of alleged marijuana 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 commend our officers for doing a great job with these seizures and keeping our border secure,” said CBP Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry.
On Monday, Feb. 9 CBP officers at the Veterans’ International Bridge encountered four tractors and utility flatbed trailers at the cargo facility. The tractor and trailers were referred to CBP secondary for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in cargo secondary of the three Kenworth and one Volvo tractors and utility flatbeds revealed that hidden within the commodity being imported on flatbed trailers were 96 packages on each trailer. CBP officers removed the 384 packages from within the commodity which had a total combined weight of 12,174 pounds of alleged marijuana.
The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $2,434,760. CBP officers seized the narcotics, tractor-trailers and turned the cases over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
CBP Field Operations at Brownsville Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.