DONNA, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Donna International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $1,448,863, hidden within a white 1997 Ford F-150 pick-up.
“I would like to commend our officers for their diligence and hard work as evidenced by this significant narcotics interdiction,” said Port Director Nestor Garza III, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry. “They did an excellent job."
The seizure took place on Saturday, July 23, at the Donna International Bridge when a 30-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, attempted entry into the United States, driving a white 1997 Ford F-150 pick-up and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system which detected anomalies within the vehicle and a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered 24 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 72.44 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $1,448,863.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.