Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge seized approximately $468,000 worth of methamphetamine discovered in a vehicle seeking to enter the United States over the busy Easter weekend.
On Sunday, April 4, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, a primary CBP officers' inspection of a white 1996 Ford Ranger driven by a 22-year-old Mexican male who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico resulted in the driver and vehicle being referred for a secondary examination. At secondary CBP officers discovered 24 packages containing a combined total weight of 14.15 kilograms (31.2 pounds) of methamphetamine hidden within the back wall of the Ford Ranger.
The methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of $468,000. CBP officers referred the matter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation.
"Brownsville CBP officers have stopped a significant amount of methamphetamine from entering our borders. Our officers are constantly training and enhancing their inspectional skills; this load of narcotics is the result of their dedication to our mission. This is a great seizure and another outstanding outcome by Brownsville's CBP officers," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville port of entry.
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.