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Meth, cocaine seized at international bridges

March 28, 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers seized 39.95 pounds of alleged cocaine and 20 pounds of methamphetamine in two separate busts.

The drug seizures occurred Monday in Brownsville. One was at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville and the second was also near Brownsville.

Authorities report Border Patrol agents at the Fort Brown Station responded to reports of possible drug smuggling near Brownsville. Two Mexican nationals were arrested and the agents seized 20 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $665,000.

Authorities also report officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted what is thought to be cocaine trying to be smuggled into the country by a 22-year-old United States male citizen. The cocaine has a value of over $308,000.

“Our officers are doing an outstanding job in intercepting narcotics from those individuals who are intent on bringing them into the United States,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I commend the efforts of our officers and their commitment to the CBP mission of keeping our borders secure.”

The male driver was trying to cross the bridge in a 2013 Kia Rio when the vehicle was referred to a second inspection. Authorities said the aid of a canine unit and an intrusive inspection system, CBP officers found 18 hidden packages inside the car that appeared to be cocaine.

The cocaine was seized and the man was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.