BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged marijuana. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $20,088, hidden within a 2002 white Dodge Ram pick-up.
“CBP remains committed to the security of our country,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I thank our officers for their hard work in keeping narcotics from entering our country.”
The seizure took place on Monday, Oct. 19, at Gateway International Bridge when an 35-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a white 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. With the help of a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered 67 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 100.44 pounds of alleged marijuana.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $20,088.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
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.