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.
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.