Custom officers seize drugs at port of entry

Custom officers seize drugs at port of entry
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POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 9:37am

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 9:41am

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville International Bridges discovered methamphetamine and cocaine valued at over $862,000 in three separate enforcement actions.

The first case occurred on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the Gateway International Bridge when CBP officers encountered a blue Chevrolet 1500 pickup being driven by a 19-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Houston, Texas. A primary CBP officer referred the Chevrolet and its driver for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered seven packages hidden within the radiator of the pickup. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 8.17 kilograms (18 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine.

The second case on Sunday took place at the Veterans’ International Bridge. CBP officers working northbound inspections came in contact with a man as he arrived at the port of entry as the driver of a brown 1990 Chevrolet 1500 pickup. The man, identified as a 44-year-old, Mexican citizen who resides in Dallas, Texas was selected and escorted to a secondary inspection. In secondary CBP officers discovered four packages hidden in the frame of the Chevrolet. CBP officers removed the packages which held a combined total weight of 1.17 kilograms (2.6 pounds) of alleged cocaine.

The third case unfolded on Monday at Veterans’ International Bridge. CBP officers working primary inspections encountered a Canadian couple as they arrived at the international bridge. The driver of a beige 1997 Endeavor recreational vehicle is identified as a 41-year-old; his female passenger is identified as a 25-year-old, both citizens of Canada and residents of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada were selected and escorted to a secondary inspection. In secondary CBP officers discovered 14 packages hidden under the fiberglass shower and within the walls of the recreational vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which held a combined total weight of 15.9 kilograms (35.1 pounds) of alleged cocaine.

The alleged load of methamphetamine and the two loads of cocaine from these seizures have estimated street values of approximately $270,000, $83,200 and $508,800, respectively. CBP officers turned the drivers in the first two seizures and the man and woman from the third seizure over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles from these three separate enforcement actions.

“On any given day our CBP officers encounter alleged attempts to smuggle drugs into the country. Brownsville’s CBP officers have once again stopped three more such attempts. I congratulate our officers for these interceptions, seizures and arrests and for their unwavering efforts to keep our country safe,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.

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