Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered methamphetamines valued at approximately $169,500 concealed in a Nissan Sentra and arrested the driver.
CBP officers at the Gateway International Bridge Saturday came in contact with the driver of a 2001 Nissan Sentra. The male driver, identified as a 20-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Houston, Texas was referred to secondary for further inspection after a primary examination revealed inconsistencies with the vehicle. CBP officers in secondary discovered 28 bundles hidden within the Sentra containing approximately 5.125 kilograms (11.3 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine.
The alleged methamphetamine discovered in this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $169,500. CBP officers turned the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"A CBP officer's primary inspection resulted in this discovery and the arrest of the alleged smuggler. I applaud our CBP officers for an outstanding contribution in keeping out these dangerous narcotics out of our country," said Michael 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.