Border Officials Seize $2 Million In Drugs In Less Than A Week

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seized nearly $2 million in the past week.

The majority of the seizures were made at ports of entry into the U.S. from Mexico, where Customs agents inspect inbound vehicles. The drugs intercepted included cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.

CBP has seized more methamphetamine at the southern border in the fiscal year 2022 than any other drugs, with 84,500 pounds confiscated.

A U.S. citizen from Chicago was caught on April 14 with 31 pounds of cocaine worth $245,140 in her jeep while crossing the Veterans International Bridge into Brownsville, Texas, according to CBP.

On April 17, Border Patrol agents who were inspecting vehicles along the Texas highway at the Falfurrias checkpoint found 29 pounds of cocaine worth almost $1 million in a Mazda CX-9’s center console and door panels, according to CBP. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrested the driver and confiscated the cocaine.

On April 15, CBP discovered 23 pounds of cocaine worth $177,480 in a vehicle belonging to a 23-year-old Mexican man who lived in Brownsville and was crossing the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge.

That same day, Brownsville Border Patrol agents seized 56 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of around $45,000 from a vehicle that several individuals abandoned after a crash. Two suspects were arrested after they were discovered by an agent in the brush.

“Our officers remain alert as they use multiple enforcement tools to conduct their inspections while they carry out our CBP mission of keeping our borders secure,” Port Director Tater Ortiz for the Brownsville Port of Entry said in a statement.

Shortly after Border Patrol agents in Hidalgo, Texas found eight pounds of marijuana worth over $6,800 in an abandoned backpack.

CBP caught a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen on April 17 at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville with around 14 pounds methamphetamine worth $281,306 in his car.

Weslaco Border Patrol Station also seized 113 pounds of marijuana that day worth over $90,000.

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