UPDATED: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 1:41pm
Brownsville, TX (NBC33) — Custom officers seized over $1.5 million in heroin and methamphetamine at a Brownsville port of entry.
U.S. Custom and Border Protection officers, at the Brownsville/Matamoros port of entry, intercepted the drugs that were hidden within a Ford Explorer.
On Thursday, April 11, a CBP officers working primary inspection encountered a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by a Brownsville woman, 29, and her 6 year-old passenger.
The driver was referred to a secondary inspection where officers searched and found nine hidden packages which were removed.
Seven packages were alleged to be heroin weighing 15 pounds and two packages were alleged to be methamphetamine weighing two and half pounds. The heroin is estimated to be valued over $1.5 million and the meth valued at $37,000.
The woman was handed over to Homeland Security agents for further investigation and the child was turned over to family members.