BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Brownsville have intercepted three loads of alleged narcotics in one day. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, which carried a combined street value of approximately $335,876.
“I thank our CBP officers for their commitment to their work which led to these multiple seizures,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers’ diligence has kept these dangerous narcotics from reaching our streets.”
The first seizure took place on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 19-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Mexico, attempted entry into the United States, driving a silver 2002 Ford Explorer and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. With the help of a K9 unit, CBP officers discovered eight packages of alleged cocaine weighing 18.65 pounds.
The second seizure also occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, when CBP officers working primary encountered a female as she arrived at the port of entry as the driver of a black 2003 Ford Explorer. The female, identified as a 44-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Mexico, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the aid of a K-9 unit, CBP officers working in secondary discovered the alleged narcotics hidden within the Ford Explorer which contained a total of 18.96 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The third seizure took place on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Gateway International Bridge, when a 24-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Mexico, attempted entry into the United States, via the pedestrian walkway and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered a package hidden under the woman's clothing. CBP officers removed the package, which contained a total of 2.29 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures is approximately $143,820, $146,200, and $45,856, respectively.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers, and the pedestrian and turned them 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.