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.
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.