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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize $620,000 Worth of Heroin at Brownsville Port of Entry

Release Date: 
July 27, 2012

Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Veteran's International Bridge on Wednesday discovered heroin valued at approximately $620,000 concealed within personnel luggage of a traveler on a commercial bus.

The heroin from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $620,000.

CBP officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry discovered 6.2 pounds of heroin in the luggage of a man entering the country.

On Wednesday CBP officers at the Veteran's International Bridge encountered a male United States citizen identified as a 24-year-old resident of New York, N.Y. as a passenger on a commercial bus. A CBP officer referred the man for further inspection after an initial inspection revealed discrepancies in the traveler's belongings. CBP officers discovered and removed approximately 6.2 pounds of heroin from within his personal luggage.

The heroin from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $620,000. CBP officers turned the man over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics.

"CBP officers on our borders are instrumental in keeping these dangerous narcotics form reaching the streets of our communities. This alleged smuggler will not reach his destination in New York thanks to the outstanding work by Brownsville's CBP frontline officers," 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017