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Border patrol agents in Texas seize $1.5 million in drugs, arrest six

February 13, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Border patrol agents in Texas seize $1.5 million in drugs, arrest six

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Border patrol agents on the Texas border seized over a five-day-period $1.5 million worth of drugs and arrested six people.

“This was a busy weekend, not only do our officers process legitimate travelers, but we must seek out those with other illicit intentions,” said Port Director Efrain Solis, Jr. at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

A 19-year-old U.S. citizen from La Villa, Texas was arrested at the port of entry on February 5th after border agents found 15 packages equating to 29 pounds of meth and 3.5 pounds of heroin during a search of his Chevy pickup. The drugs had a street value estimated at $537,000.

Border agents arrested a 23-year-old woman from Eagle Pass, Texas as she traveled back in her Chevy, Malibu from Piedras Negras, Mexico.

A CBP K9 alerted agents at a secondary station of methamphetamine hidden inside the car door. Two packages of meth totaling five pounds was discovered with a street value of $104,500.

The following day CBP officers stationed at the Hidalgo-Reynosa Bridge, inspected a Ford pickup driven by a 22-year-old woman from San Antonio and found 13 packages containing 45 lbs. of cocaine worth $342,000 on the street.

Two more incidents occurred at the Pharr-Reynosa Bridge. A 25-year-old resident of Reynosa was discovered with 10 kilograms of methamphetamine worth a street value $349,000 at a secondary inspection station.

A 22-year-old woman walking across the bridge from Guadalajara was discovered with seven pounds of meth stashed in a suitcase.

The last of the string of seizures took place on Tuesday, February 9th, after a man, who is a resident of Brownsville, Texas applied for entry at the bridge. CBP agents ordered him to secondary screening station where they found three packages containing a little over 2 pounds of methamphetamine worth $46,000 stashed underneath his clothing.

The Department of Homeland Security arrested six people, seizing 68.5 pounds of meth, 45 pounds of cocaine and 3.5 pounds of heroin worth a total value of $1,480,278 along with four vehicles.

“We have a commitment to keep our country secure and it is this commitment that has kept these dangerous narcotics from entering our country,” said Petra Horne, director at the Brownsville Port of Entry.

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