Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize $204,000 in Methamphetamine at Gateway International Bridge

Brownsville, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $204,000, hidden within a Chevrolet Impala.

On June 2, CBP officers working primary at Gateway International Bridge encountered a gold 2004 Chevrolet Impala driven by a man. A CBP officer’s primary examination resulted in the vehicle and its sole occupant, identified as a 37-year-old U.S. citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered five hidden packages within the Chevrolet. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle with a combined total weight of 6.16 kilograms (13.6 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine.

The alleged methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $204,000. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the man over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

“A primary CBP officer’s inspection was instrumental in the discovery of these dangerous narcotics. I congratulate Brownsville’s CBP officers for an outstanding seizure and arrest, and for stopping these drugs from entering our country,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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