May 13, 2013
The more recent one occurred Sunday at the Lincoln Juarez International Bridge, when CBP officers processing commercial bus passengers encountered a 29-year-old U.S. citizen from Berwin, Ill., and a 24-year-old U.S. citizen from Chicago, Ill. The two women were referred for a secondary examination that resulted in the discovery of 1 pound of heroin each within the footwear they were both wearing. A total of eight packages containing the alleged 2 pounds of heroin were valued at $64,000.
The other seizure occurred Friday at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge when CBP officers encountered a 17-year-old U.S. citizen from Fort Worth traveling in a Mexican taxi. The taxi and the passenger were referred to secondary for an inspection, during which CBP officers found 11 pounds of alleged liquid crystal methamphetamines within the passenger’s baggage that included 10 beer bottles.
The alleged methamphetamines have an approximate street value of $352,000.
CBP officers seized the heroin and arrested both the man and female bus passengers and turned them over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
The taxi passenger was also arrested by CBP officers and turned over to the Webb County district attorney’s office for state charges.