IssuesCustoms and Border Protection Snatches Over $681,000 in Alleged Illegal Drugs at Brownsville Port of Entry

The suspected traffickers are Texas residents who range in age from 23 to 47 years old.
December 6, 2021
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On Saturday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a series of drug seizures at the Brownsville Port of Entry and estimated the street value of the alleged narcotics to be $681,596. All three seizures were accomplished in part by the use of non-intrusive imaging systems or canine units, according to a CBP press statement.

The first incident took place on Wednesday, December 1, at the Los Indios International Bridge when a 42-year-old man driving a 2009 Dodge vehicle was pinged for secondary inspection. CBP indicated that 24 pounds of alleged cocaine were found in 10 packages. The suspect is an American citizen who lives in San Benito.

The two other occurrences took place the next day. On Thursday, December 2, border guards at the Matamoros International Bridge apprehended a 47-year-old man driving a 2000 Ford vehicle after allegedly discovering about 21 pounds of cocaine in nine containers.

Agents at the Gateway International Bridge also arrested a 23-year-old woman, an American citizen from Laguna Vista, for allegedly transporting 17 pounds of methamphetamine in 13 packages in a 2011 Dodge vehicle.

CBP stated that the drugs in the first seizure were estimated to be worth $186,600, the narcotics in the second seizure were worth $161,160, and the contraband from the Gateway International Bridge incident was worth $333,776.

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Brownsville Port of Entry Director Tater Ortiz commented on the confiscations, “Our officers use multiple enforcement tools to detect dangerous narcotics and prevent these deadly drugs from entering our country.”

According to CBP statistics, in the southwestern U.S. there were 33,530 pounds of illegal drugs seized in October, the most recent month data is available. That includes 16,040 pounds of methamphetamine, 12,278 pounds of marijuana, 4,021 pounds of cocaine, 1,044 pounds of fentanyl, and 147 pounds of heroin.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan. He has coached high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.