BROWNSVILLE–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered 27 AR15 magazines and marijuana worth about $75,000 in two different incidents at Brownsville International Bridges.
CBP officers at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a blue 2001 Chevrolet Venture driven by a 20-year-old male from Matamoros was caught with a load of marijuana.
Inside of his vehicle, they found 27 bundles hidden within the Chevrolet. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which had a combined total weight of 75.8 pounds of marijuana.
CBP officers turned the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
In a second case on Friday, CBP officers and Border Patrol agents working outbound enforcement operations at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a white Dodge Dakota as it entered Mexico .
The 28-year-old Matamoros driver was discovered with 27 AR-15 magazines and one AR-15 Quad rail Hand Guard hidden within the Dodge.
The driver was taken into custody by CBP officers and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“CBP has stopped assault rifle magazines from being exported into Mexico and dangerous narcotics from coming into the U.S. in an effort to keep both countries safer,” said Michael Freeman, Port Director, Brownsville .
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