CBP Officers Seize More Than $100,000 at Lower Valley Bridges

BROWNSVILLE–U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the intercepted two loads of narcotics at Lower Rio Grande Valley International Bridges worth about $120,000.

The first seizure was last Friday at Gateway International Bridge when a CBP officer sent at 21-year-old driver from Matamoros for a secondary inspection.

During that examination, CBP officers discovered hidden packages within the Dodge Grand Caravan. CBP officers removed a total of 29 packages from the vehicle with a combined total weight of about 60 pounds marijuana. It had a street value of nearly $60,000.

The second seizure occurred on February 13, 2001 at the Los Indios International Bridge when a CBP officer came in contact with a white 1989 Ford Ranger. The CBP officer referred the Ford, driven by man identified as a 20-year-old Mexico citizen who resides in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas , Mexico for a secondary examination.

While in secondary, officers discovered hidden packages within the Ranger. CBP officers removed a total of 39 packages of marijuana weighing 60 pounds from within the vehicle were removed from the car. The marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of about $60,000.

In both cases CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles and turned the drivers over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

“ Brownsville ’s CBP officers have stopped two alleged loads of narcotics from entering the country at our borders and I commend our officers for a job well done in these two seizures,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.

–South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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