BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics in one day. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, carrying a combined street value of approximately $23,581 hidden within the two vehicles.
“I thank our officers for their efforts and diligence which led to these multiple seizures of narcotics,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The first seizure took place on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Gateway International Bridge when CBP officers working primary encountered a man as he arrived at the port of entry as the driver of a green 1996 Ford Explorer. The man, identified as a 36-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Mexico, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system which detected anomalies within the vehicle and a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered 29 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 58.55 pounds of alleged marijuana.
The second seizure also occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Gateway International Bridge, when a 36-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a gold 1998 Ford Explorer XLT 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 32 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 59.35 pounds of alleged marijuana.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures is approximately $11,711 and $11,870, respectively.
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.