PROGRESO, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Progreso International Bridge seized 165 pounds of alleged marijuana that was discovered within a Chevy Silverado driven by a Lyford, Texas man.
“Through attention to detail and the ability to detect anomalies is how our officers are able to make seizures like this,” said Acting Port Director Richard Diaz, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry. “Great persistence, perseverance and the outstanding commitment to help protect our communities from these dangerous drugs is what enables our CBP officers to continue making seizures and keep our border safe.”
On April 26, CBP officers assigned to the Progreso-Nuevo Progreso International Bridge came in contact with a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen arriving from Mexico in a beige 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup. A CBP officer referred him for a more thorough examination and in secondary, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the pickup. CBP OFO removed and seized 97 packages of alleged marijuana which carry an estimated street value of $33,016 and seized the Chevy as well.
CBP OFO arrested the man who was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) 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.