Texas CBP Officers Seize $1.6 Million Worth of Narcotics and Weapons

 

BROWNSVILLE and EAGLE PASS, TX — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Texas ports of entry made big seizures, intercepting narcotics valued at approximately $1.6 million and a cache of weapons and ammunition.

At the Los Indios International Bridge in Brownsville, CBP officers intercepted a load of mixed narcotics on Sunday, June 9.

The seizure included alleged cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and Alprazolam hidden within a 2006 Ford. A 24-year-old male U.S. citizen from Harlingen, Texas, attempted to enter the United States when the vehicle was referred for secondary inspection. Aided by a canine unit and non-intrusive inspection systems (NII), officers discovered packages containing 77.64 pounds of alleged cocaine, 29.71 pounds of alleged heroin, 2.81 ounces of alleged fentanyl, and 180 pills of Alprazolam.

Packages of $1.6 million in mixed narcotics were seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry.

"Our officers’ experience and keen enforcement efforts led to this significant narcotics interception," said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.

The driver was arrested, and the narcotics and vehicle were seized. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents have taken over the investigation.

In a separate incident on June 10, at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry, CBP officers seized four weapons, seven magazines, and 700 rounds of ammunition during an outbound enforcement action.

The seizure occurred at the Camino Real International Bridge when officers conducting outbound examinations referred a southbound 2013 Dodge Ram 2500 hauling a trailer for secondary inspection.

Further examination, including NII systems, revealed the weapons, magazines, and ammunition hidden within a plastic tote.

Four weapons, seven magazines, and 700 rounds of ammunition were seized by CBP officers during an outbound examination at Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

"This outbound enforcement action illustrates CBP’s ongoing commitment to our priority border security mission and helping to keep our border communities safe," said Port Director Pete Beattie, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

HSI special agents have initiated a criminal investigation into the seizure. 

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