U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it arrested two women and seized more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of methamphetamine and marijuana during two bridge inspections.
Officers say the first seizure took place Sunday at Gateway International Bridge when a canine unit indicated there might be narcotics in the 2002 black Saturn LS100 being driven by a 19-year-old Matamoros woman.
During a secondary inspection officers say they found nine packages of methamphetamine hidden in the sedan. The street value of the 13.23 pounds of alleged meth is estimated at $264,552.
The second seizure took place on Tuesday, also at the Gateway International Bridge, when a 37-year-old Brownsville woman tried to cross the border driving a 2002 green Ford Ranger.
During a secondary inspection, that involved a canine unit and an imaging inspection, officers say they discovered 24 packages of marijuana in the pickup. The drugs weighed 55.64 pounds and have a street value of $11,129.
Both women were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations.