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U.S. Border agents in Texas seize $2 million worth of meth, arrest 23-year-old American citizen

August 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. Border agents in Texas seize $2 million worth of meth, arrest 23-year-old American citizen

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U.S. Border agents in Brownsville, Texas intercepted close to $2 million worth of methamphetamine at the Los Indios International Bridge; officials said Friday.

The seizure occurred on Thursday when officers stopped a 23-year-old U.S. citizen from San Benito, Texas, driving from Mexico in a Gold 2001 Toyota Sequoia.

According to a statement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) officials, agents referred the driver to a secondary inspection station at the point of entry to conduct a further examination using a non-intrusive imaging system and a K-9 unit, which detected anomalies in the vehicle.

Officials said upon further inspection, CBP officers removed a package containing just 90 pounds of meth worth an estimated street value of $1,815,709.

Border agents seized the narcotics and vehicle. The driver, who was subsequently handed over to investigators with Homeland Security for further investigations, faces pending drug-related charges.

“This significant seizure of dangerous drugs is the result of our officers’ experience and vigilance. We remain focused on our primary mission of securing our borders and protecting our country,” Director of Brownsville Port of Entry, Petra Horne, said in a statement.

Also over the weekend, CBP officials at the Escondido point of entry in San Diego County, California announced the largest cash seizure ever made at the border station.

As JammedUp previously reported, officers last Tuesday confiscated $3 million dollars in crisp $100, $20, $10 and $1 bills destined for Mexico from two vehicles driven by a U.S. and Mexican citizen. Authorities arrested both suspects on charges of currency smuggling.

U.S. Border agents tracked the vehicles, who they suspected were driving in tandem.

Both suspects appeared in federal court on Wednesday, where they pleaded not guilty to charges of willfully concealing currency over $10,000 and intent to take the money out of the U.S., to Mexico.

“This amount of money represents the largest currency seizure ever in San Diego Sector, the hard work and perseverance demonstrated by the involved agents was essential for this outcome,” Chief Patrol Agent for U.S. Border Protection, Richard A. Barlow said in a statement.

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