PROGRESO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Progreso Port of Entry intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics over the weekend. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, carrying a combined street value of approximately $ 4,586,779, hidden within the two vehicles.
“The narcotic interdiction can be attributed to CBP’s commitment to protect our nation’s borders,” said Port Director Nestor Garza III, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry. “Our officers’ dedication and work ethic is second to none."
The first seizure took place on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Progreso International Bridge when a 34-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Distrito Federal, Mexico, attempted entry into the United States, driving a green 2007 Jeep Compass 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 75 packages of alleged methamphetamine within the vehicle. The narcotics weighed 138.49 pounds and carried an estimated street value $2,769,859.
The second seizure occurred on Sunday, Jan. 17, also at the Progreso International Bridge, when CBP officers working primary encountered a man as he arrived at the port of entry as the driver of a gray 2013 Honda City. The man, identified as a 25-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Monterrey, Mexico, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the aid a non-intrusive imaging system which detected anomalies within the vehicle and a K-9 unit, CBP officers working in secondary discovered 41 packages hidden within the Honda City. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 75.05 pounds of alleged heroin with an estimated street value of $1,702,000 and 14.9 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of $114,920.
The total estimated street value of the narcotics from both of these seizures is approximately $4,586,779.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers, 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.