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Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize $80,000 in Heroin at Brownsville Port of Entry

Release Date: 
September 25, 2013

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Gateway International Bridge seized two and a half pounds of alleged heroin in a northbound enforcement action. CBP officers discovered alleged heroin valued at approximately $80,000 hidden within canned food items.

"Alertness, inspectional knowledge and determination by our CBP officers greatly contributed the detection and interception of these dangerous drugs. I congratulate our officers for this interception and arrest in this failed alleged smuggling attempt," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville Port of Entry.

On Monday, September 23, at Gateway International Bridge a CBP officer conducting inspections on pedestrian's' baggage intercepted a man identified as a 66-year old Mexico citizen carrying bags of food items. The CBP officers' examination of the bags resulted in the discovery of two cans each holding one package of alleged heroin. CBP officers removed the two packages which held a combined total weight of 1.15 kilograms (2.5 pounds) of alleged heroin.

The alleged heroin from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $80,000.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and turned the man over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017