Customs and Border Protection seize $1.3M in heroin at Brownsville port of entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:35pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 7:15am

As Holy Week traffic began to surge this weekend, alert U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Brownsville International Bridges intercepted a significant load of heroin. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $1.3 million, hidden within a Chevrolet 2500 pickup.

“Protecting our country by using their observational skills, training and vigilance our CBP officers have stopped these dangerous drugs from reaching the streets of our communities. I applaud our CBP officers’ commitment to keep our homeland safe,” said Michael T. Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.

The seizure occurred on April 11 when a CBP officer working at primary inspection at the Veterans’ International Bridge came in contact with a man driving a 1998 Chevrolet 2500 pickup. The CBP officer at primary inspection referred the Chevrolet and its male driver, identified as a 53-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Homestead, Fla. for a secondary examination. At CBP secondary officers discovered 11 packages hidden within the two batteries in the pickup truck. CBP officers removed the packages from each battery with a total combined weight of 6.26 kilograms (13.8 pounds) of alleged brown heroin.

The alleged brown heroin from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,380,800. CBP officers seized the narcotics and turned the driver over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

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