CBP officers seize $350,000 in heroin at Brownsville port of entry
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Gateway International Bridge seized three and a half pounds of alleged heroin in a northbound alleged smuggling attempt. CBP officers discovered alleged heroin valued at approximately $350,000 hidden within canned food items.
On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Gateway International Bridge a CBP officer conducting northbound inspections intercepted a man identified as a 39-year old United States citizen and resident of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico arriving at the port of entry on a bicycle carrying a backpack of grocery items.
The CBP officers’ examination resulted in the discovery of three cans each holding one package of alleged heroin. CBP officers removed the three packages which held a combined total weight of 1.58 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of alleged heroin.
The alleged heroin from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $350,000.