BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted a load of alleged heroin at Gateway International Bridge. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $59,900, hidden under the clothing of a woman attempting entry into the United States.
"Our frontline officers encounter narcotics that are smuggled in many different ways,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers' experience and vigilance led to the seizure of these hard narcotics.”
The seizure took place on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Gateway International Bridge when a 39-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a red 1994 Jeep Cherokee and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered four packages hidden under the woman's clothing. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 2.2 pounds of alleged heroin with an estimated street value of $59,900.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, 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.