BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $138,000, hidden within a Nissan Maxima.
On April 27, 2012 CBP officers working primary at Gateway International Bridge encountered a white 2009 Nissan Maxima driven by a woman. The CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle and its driver identified as a 29-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Houston, Texas being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. In secondary, CBP officers discovered six hidden packages within the Nissan. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle with a combined total weight of 4.17 kilograms (9.2 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine.
The alleged methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $138,000. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"Vigilance by CBP officers working at our nation's borders have once again stopped these dangerous narcotics from entering our country. I thank our officers for their service and their continued commitment to securing our Nations' borders," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville/Los Indios.
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.