BROWNSVILLE, Texas – As Holy Week traffic began to surge this weekend, alert U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Brownsville International Bridges intercepted a significant load of heroin. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $1.3 million, hidden within a Chevrolet 2500 pickup.
“Protecting our country by using their observational skills, training and vigilance, our CBP officers have stopped these dangerous drugs from reaching the streets of our communities. I applaud our CBP officers’ commitment to keep our homeland safe,” said Michael T. Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.
The seizure occurred on April 11, when a CBP officer working at primary inspection at the Veterans’ International Bridge came in contact with a man driving a 1998 Chevrolet 2500 pickup. The CBP officer at primary inspection referred the Chevrolet and its male driver, identified as a 53-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Homestead, Fla., for a secondary examination. At CBP secondary, officers discovered 11 packages hidden within the two batteries in the pickup truck. CBP officers removed the packages from each battery with a total combined weight of 13.8 pounds of alleged brown heroin.
The alleged brown heroin from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1.38 million. CBP officers seized the narcotics and turned the driver 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.