Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Los Indios International Bridge on Sunday discovered marijuana valued at approximately $92,600 concealed within a Hyundai Accent.
On Sunday, June 10, CBP officers at the Los Indios International Bridge came in contact with a male driving a gray 1996 Hyundai Accent at CBP primary. The driver, identified as a 24-year-old male U.S. citizen who resides in Los Indios, Texas, was referred to secondary for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in secondary revealed one large package hidden within the trunk of the Hyundai. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which had a total weight of 41.98 kilograms (92.6 pounds) of alleged marijuana.
The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $92,600. 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.
"Our CBP officers' work on the frontline was instrumental to the detection of this load of marijuana and the arrest of this alleged smuggler. I congratulate our officers for an outstanding job with this seizure and for their continued efforts in keeping drugs out of our country," said Michael Freeman, 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.