BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered marijuana valued at approximately $72,200 hidden within a Ford F-150.
On Saturday, July 6 at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge CBP officers came in contact with a 1998 Ford F-150 being driven by a 29-year-old woman identified as a citizen of Mexico who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After a primary inspection, a CBP officer referred the Ford for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered 27 packages hidden within the Explorer. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 32.74 kilograms (72.2 pounds) of alleged marijuana.
The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $72,200. CBP officers arrested the driver and turned her over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"CBP officers work tirelessly to prevent these dangerous drugs from entering the streets of our communities. I applaud their hard work and dedication," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
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.