BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered methamphetamine valued at approximately $135,000 hidden within a Honda Accord.
On Sunday, February 3, at the Gateway International Bridge CBP officers encountered a white Honda Accord being driven by a 22-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A primary CBP officer referred the Honda and its driver for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered four packages hidden within the vehicle's dash area. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 4.06 kilograms (9 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine.
The alleged methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $135,000. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"Whether the load is large or small our CBP officers will do everything in their power to stop these alleged attempts to smuggle drugs into the country. Brownsville's CBP officers continue their efforts to intercept these narcotics before they reach our country's streets. I applaud our officers for this seizure and arrest," 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.