Agents Seize 41 Bundles of Meth at Immigration Checkpoint
Agents referred the 18-year-old male driver of a Nissan Maxima for a secondary inspection. A subsequent search of his vehicle led to the discovery of 41 packages of methamphetamine valued in excess of $140,000 hidden inside the vehicle.
Agents arrested the man for narcotics smuggling and turned the drugs and vehicle over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
And in PHARR, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $112,598 worth of alleged marijuana and cocaine concealed within a commercial trailer.
“This interception of a significant amount of narcotics is a direct result of the outstanding inspections work our CBP officers do on the frontlines every day to keep our borders secure,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On May 2, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a red 2015 Kenworth tractor-trailer. A 29-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico drove the conveyance. After the conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers along with the help of a canine team located the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 14 packages containing 90.38 pounds of alleged marijuana and five packages containing 12.26 pounds of alleged cocaine concealed within the trailer. The narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $112,598.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
SOURCE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection