CBP Officers Seize $135,000 in methamphetamine at Brownsville port of entry
POSTED: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 3:50pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 9:07am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (NEWS CENTER 23) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge discover methamphetamine valued at approximately $135,000 hidden within a Honda Accord.
On Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Gateway International Bridge CBP officers encountered a white Honda Accord being driven by a 22-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A primary CBP officer referred the Honda and its driver for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered four packages hidden within the vehicle’s dash area. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 4.06 kilograms (9 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine.
The alleged methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $135,000. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
“Whether the load is large or small our CBP officers will do everything in their power to stop these alleged attempts to smuggle drugs into the country. Brownsville’s CBP officers continue their efforts to intercept these narcotics before they reach our country’s streets. I applaud our officers for this seizure and arrest,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.