Texas Customs and Border Patrol Officers Seize Nearly $1.9 Million in Narcotics in Three Seizures

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – In three separate enforcement actions this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted alleged narcotics that have a combined estimated street value of $1,892,620.

The first drug seizure took place on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Veterans International Bridge at Brownsville when a 59-year-old male Mexican citizen from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States He was driving a 2007 Mercedes Benz autobus, which was referred to a CBP secondary examination station where, with the aid of a canine unit and a non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered 58 packages hidden within the autobus. 

Packages containing 67 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville, Texas, Port of Entry.

Packages containing 67 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville, Texas, Port of Entry.

Officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 67.18 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The second seizure took place on Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 26-year-old female United States citizen from Edinburg, Texas, driving a 2000 Honda Accord applied for entry into the United States.  The vehicle was referred to secondary examination after a canine sniffing the vehicle alerted officers to something suspicious. With the aid of a non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered 20 packages hidden within the Honda Accord, which contained a total of 23.32 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.

The third seizure took place on Friday, Jan. 15, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 18-year-old male United States citizen from Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States as the driver of a 2008 Dodge Avenger.  The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection.  In secondary, with the aid of a canine unit and a non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered 11 packages hidden within the Dodge Avenger which contained a total of 27.69 pounds of alleged cocaine and one package which contained a total of 3.52 pounds of alleged meth.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizures is approximately $1,142,060, $466,493 and $284,067, respectively, for a total of nearly $1.9 million.

CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

“Our CBP officers’ hard work and dedication has led to these significant narcotics seizures and our streets are safer for it,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Seizes Nearly a Million Dollars Worth of Drugs

EDINBURG, Texas – This weekend, Rio Grande Valley agents seized more than 400 pounds of marijuana, 15 pounds of methamphetamine, and over two pounds of heroin combined during three failed smuggling attempts.

Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working in La Rosita, Texas, observed several people carrying bundles of drugs on their backs as they walked away from the Rio Grande on Friday night, Oct. 9. The subjects continued walking north for awhile, then dropped their bundles and ran away, after apparently spotting approaching CPB agents.

Right: Bundles of pot seized by Border Patrol agents near San Diego last December. (Photo: Times of San Diego)

Agents secured the dropped bundles, which turned out to be marijuana weighing more than 253 pounds and worth more than $202,000. They attempted to locate the smugglers, but were unsuccessful.

12-26-19-Border-Patrol-Agents-Track-Drug-Mules-in-SD (Times of San Diego)

The following day, Oct. 10, Rio Grande City agents responded to a reported drug smuggling attempt involving several smugglers near La Grulla, Texas. Agents searching the suspected location found four abandoned bundles of marijuana weighing more than 184 pounds, worth more than $147,000. Agents were unable to locate the smugglers.

In addition, Rio Grande Valley border agents seized 15 pounds of methamphetamine and more than two pounds of heroin during a failed smuggling attempt. The drugs have a combined value of more than $565,000.