Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $1.7 Million in Methamphetamine in Two Seizures

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted alleged methamphetamine in two separate enforcement actions that have a combined estimated street value of $1,744,279.

“Our CBP officers remain vigilant day in and day out while conducting their inspections and were able to intercept these dangerous narcotics,” said (A) Port Director Bob Parker, Brownsville Port of Entry.

The first seizure took place on Thursday, Jun. 17, at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when an 18-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, attempted entry into the United States driving a 2008 Ford. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection.  While in the secondary inspection area, with the aid of a non-intrusive imaging system (NII), CBP officers discovered 30 packages hidden within the 2008 Ford.  CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 34.03 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.

The second seizure took place on Friday, Jun. 18, also at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 19-year-old male United States citizen from Channelview, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a 2006 Dodge.  The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection.  In secondary, with the aid of a canine unit, CBP officers discovered 24 packages hidden within the 2006 Dodge.  CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 53.17 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizures is approximately $680,780, and $1,063,499 respectively.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicles, arrested the travelers, and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

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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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

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