BROWNSVILLE – Approximately $1,975,322 worth of narcotics were discovered and seized by agents at the Veterans International Bridge, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
On Saturday, April 6, CBP officers came in contact with an 18-year-old from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico when the male applied for entry into the United States.
The tan 2001 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup the Mexican citizen was driving was sent to CBP secondary for additional examinations following the primary inspection, said authorities.
CBP reported that a non-intrusive inspection system and a canine unit were used in the discovery of a total of 54 packages that were hidden within the vehicle.
Upon removing the packages, it was said that they contained a total of 98.77 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.
“This substantial seizure demonstrates our officers’ commitment to the CBP mission of keeping our borders secure and our country is safer for it,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for their outstanding work.”
The driver was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents where an investigation will continue.
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