U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted methamphetamines valued at roughly $1.79 million.
The 74 packages of drugs were hidden inside a white 2007 Volkswagen Touareg– weighing 89.87 pounds.
“Our officers continue to maintain an elevated enforcement posture to keep our borders secure and prevent dangerous narcotics from entering into our country,” Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry, said in a statement. “I congratulate our officers for their excellent job in this significant seizure.”
With the aid of a non-intrusive inspection system and a K-9 unit, CBP officers found the drugs, then arrested the driver and turned him over to the Department of Homeland Security for further investigation. The narcotics and the vehicle were seized.
The July 1 drug bust comes less than 60 days after a previous bust in April, at the same location. The drugs CBP found were valued to be worth $1.97 million.
These were hidden in a tan 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.
“This substantial seizure demonstrates our officers’ commitment to the CBP mission of keeping our borders secure and our country is safer for it,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for their outstanding work.”