BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Veterans' International Bridge discovered methamphetamines valued at approximately $197,700 concealed within a Nissan Maxima.
On Thursday, January 12, CBP officers at the Veterans' International Bridge came in contact with a passenger vehicle being driven by a woman identified as a 42-year-old United States citizen who resides in Houston, Texas. The female was referred to CBP secondary for further inspection of her vehicle. In secondary, upon closer examination by CBP officers, 44 packages of alleged methamphetamine were discovered hidden within the Nissan. The combined total weight of the 44 packages is 5.98 kilograms (13.18 pounds) with an estimated street value of approximately $197,700.
CBP officers turned the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics.
"Vigilance, service and integrity on the frontline by CBP officers are evident and have had a positive result in the discovery of theses dangerous drugs and the arrest of the alleged smuggler. I thank our officers for their professionalism in protecting our nation's borders," 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.