US Customs seizes $262K of heroin at Brownsville port

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville seized a load of alleged heroin hidden inside a 2001 Nissan Xterra July 9.

“With this seizure, our CBP officers have once again demonstrated their dedication and commitment to the CBP mission,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I commend our CBP officers for this outstanding interception of hard narcotics.”

The seizure at the Gateway International Bridge happened when CBP officers sent a 29-year-old male Mexican citizen driving the Xterra for secondary examination.

When the vehicle was inspected, with the help of a CBP narcotics detection canine and non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers found six packages of alleged heroin weighing a total of 11.55 lbs. The alleged heroin has an estimated street value of $262,000.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and the Xterra, arrested the driver and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.