U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the narcotics, valued at approximately $1,932,993, hidden within a gray 2004 Jeep Liberty.
“This is a significant seizure and a great success for our officers in keeping our borders secure,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I am proud of the work our officers perform day in and day out.”
The seizure took place on Thursday, Mar. 28, at Gateway International Bridge when a 33-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a gray 2004 Jeep Liberty. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the aid of a non-intrusive inspection system and canine unit, CBP officers discovered 18 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 96.65 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $1,932,993.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.