Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered methamphetamine and cocaine valued at approximately $272,500 concealed within a Dodge Neon.
On Wednesday CBP officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a woman driving a 2003 Dodge Neon. The driver, identified as a 47-year-old female U.S. citizen who resides in Brownsville, was referred for further inspection. A secondary examination by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 13 concealed packages within the Dodge. CBP officers removed 11 packages containing methamphetamine which had a combined total weight of 7.5 pounds and two packages containing cocaine with a combined total weight of 5 pounds from the Dodge Neon.
The methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $112,500 and the cocaine has an estimated street value of approximately $160,000. 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 and the vehicle.
"The work CBP officers do to secure our borders everyday is a critical part of our primary mission of keeping our country safe. CBP officers have prevented these dangerous narcotics from coming into our country and I congratulate them for a job well done," 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.