BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $45,855, hidden under the clothing of a woman attempting entry into the United States.
“Smugglers may attempt to conceal narcotics in as many different ways as they could possibly imagine,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers remain focused on the mission and remain vigilant to secure our borders.”
The seizure took place on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 20-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States through the pedestrian lane 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 packages, which contained a total of 2.29 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $45,855.
CBP officers seized the narcotics, arrested the woman, and turned her 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.