PROGRESO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Progreso International Bridge discovered methamphetamines valued at approximately $355,000 concealed within a 2001 Pontiac Montana van.
On Sunday, March 4, CBP officers at the Progreso International Bridge came in contact with a passenger vehicle being driven by a woman identified as a 35-year-old United States citizen who resides in Donna, Texas. The female and her passenger, identified as a 47-year-old female Mexican citizen from Dallas, were referred to CBP secondary for further inspection of their vehicle. In secondary, upon closer examination, CBP officers discovered four packages of alleged methamphetamine hidden within baggage found in the Pontiac. The combined total weight of the four packages is 23.67 pounds with an estimated street value of approximately $355,000.
CBP officers turned the women 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.
"This discovery of these dangerous drugs by our CBP officers exemplifies our officers' diligence on the frontline. I applaud our officers for their professionalism in protecting our nation's borders," said CBP Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Progreso/Donna.
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.