BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted a mixed load alleged heroin and alleged methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $1,547,500, hidden within a Ford Explorer.
On April 11, CBP officers working primary inspection at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by a woman. A CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its driver, identified as a 29-year-old and her six-year-old passenger, both U.S. citizens who reside in Brownsville, Texas being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered nine hidden packages within the Ford. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle. Seven packages were determined to hold alleged heroin with a combined total weight of 6.86 kilograms (15.1 pounds) and two packages were determined to hold of alleged methamphetamine with a combined total weight of 1.53 kilograms (2.5 pounds).
The alleged heroin from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,510,000 and the alleged methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $37,500. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the woman over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. The minor child was turned over to family members.
"This interception of narcotics illustrates the enthusiasm with which our officers carry out their mission each day. This is remarkable work by Brownsville's CBP officers as they safeguard our homeland at the border," 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.