Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge on Tuesday discovered heroin valued at approximately $600,000 concealed in a Chevrolet Cavalier and arrested the driver.
On Tuesday, March 1, CBP officers at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a man later identified as an 18-year-old U.S. citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas driving a white 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier. After a primary inspection by CBP officers, the male driver and the vehicle he was driving were referred to secondary for further examination. CBP officers in secondary discovered nine bundles hidden within the Cavalier containing approximately 2.72 kilograms (six pounds) of alleged heroin.
The alleged heroin from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $600,000. CBP officers turned the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"Using our high tech tools, a primary CBP officer's inspection resulted in the discovery of this load of dangerous narcotics. My hat is off to our CBP officers for the work they do each day to keep us safe and for diligently working to keep drugs out of our country," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
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.