PROGRESO, Texas — More than $3 million in methamphetamine and heroin was discovered in a pickup truck attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico at a Texas border crossing on Monday.
The discovery was made on Monday, January 6, 2020, at the Progreso International Bridge. There, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a 25-year-old male United States citizen, driving a 1997 Ford F-150, applied for entry into the United States.
Following a primary inspection, the vehicle was referred for a secondary examination and, with the aid of a non-intrusive imaging system and canine unit, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents discovered 118 packages hidden within the vehicle.
Seven of the packages contained 18.12 pounds of alleged heroin and the other 110 packages contained 131.48 pounds of alleged methamphetamine, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
"The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $411,000 in heroin and $2,629,647 in methamphetamine," stated the agency.
“Our officers did a fantastic job in intercepting these dangerous narcotics,” Port Director Walter Weaver, Progreso Port of Entry, said of the discovery. “I am proud of our officers and their dedication to the CBP mission of keeping our borders secure. Thanks to them, these drugs are off our streets.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized the narcotics and vehicle. The driver was arrested and turned over to the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.