BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine and cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $365,100, hidden within a Dodge Ram 1500.
On April 13, CBP officers working primary at Gateway International Bridge encountered a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 driven by a man. A CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its driver, identified as a 27-year-old Mexico citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered 12 hidden packages within a non-factory compartment. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which held a combined total weight of 3.48 kilograms (7.7 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine and 3.56 kilograms (7.8 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $115,500 and the alleged cocaine has an estimated street value of approximately $249,600. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the man over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"Nearly 16 pounds of dangerous alleged narcotics have been stopped at the border by our frontline protectors with this seizure and arrest. I applaud our CBP officers' vigilance on the frontline as they continue to keep our homeland safe 24/7," said Michael T. 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.