US Customs and Border Protection seizes $26,922 of pot in Brownsville

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Approximately $26,922 worth of alleged marijuana was seized at the Gateway International Bridge by Brownsville Customs and Border Protection agents April 2.

According to a media release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered the alleged narcotics hidden within a white 1995 Chevy C1500 pickup truck.

“CBP remains committed to the security of our borders,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “The vigilance and training of our officers played a key role in keeping these narcotics from entering our country.”

The seizure occurred April 2 when a 19-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Brownsville applied for entry into the U.S, driving the white 1995 Chevy C1500 pickup and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination.

With the help of a K-9 unit, officers found 49 packages hidden in the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 134.61 pounds of alleged marijuana. The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $26,922.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.