CBP Officers in South Texas Seize $640K Worth of Narcotics Over Weekend
Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Hidalgo, Progreso, and Brownsville international bridges seized approximately $639,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine and arrested three people in the process.
The first seizure occurred on Friday afternoon, when a 2002 Ford Escape driven by a 29-year-old male Mexican national arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. The driver, and lone occupant from Mission, presented his lawful permanent resident card to a CBP officer and was subsequently referred for a more thorough examination. A search of the vehicle resulted in CBP officers discovering four packages weighing approximately 12.3 pounds of cocaine concealed within the vehicle's battery.
The second seizure occurred on Sunday afternoon at the Progreso Port of Entry after CBP officers referred a 1999 Dodge Durango for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 29-year-old female Mexican national who is a lawful permanent resident from Weslaco. CBP officers discovered 9.08 pounds of liquid methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle.
The last seizure also occurred on Sunday at the Brownsville Veterans' International Bridge when a 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by a 30-year-old male United States citizen from Austin arrived and was referred for inspection. Officers discovered four packages, weighing approximately 7.28 pounds, of crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle.
The female and two male travelers were released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further investigation. CBP seized the narcotics in all three cases, which have an estimated combined street value of $639,000, and the three vehicles.
"These were three excellent seizures that occurred in our mid- and lower-Rio Grande Valley international bridges this weekend," said Gene Garza, Director of Field Operations, Laredo Field Office. "These compact but significant seizures were possible due to our officers' outstanding commitment and diligence to the work they do in securing our nation's borders."
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.