Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered methamphetamines valued at approximately $81,000 concealed under a pedestrian's clothing.
On Saturday, August 13 CBP officers at the Gateway International Bridge came in contact with a female pedestrian.
The female was identified as a 20-year-old United States citizen who resides in Brownsville and was referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, CBP officers found four packages of alleged methamphetamine hidden under the woman's clothing. Together the four packages had a combined total weight of 5.41 pounds, with an estimated street value of approximately $81,150.
CBP officers turned the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics.
"Vigilance on primary by a CBP officer resulted in this discovery of these dangerous narcotics and the arrest of the alleged smuggler. I applaud our CBP officers for their diligence with this outstanding seizure and arrest," 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.