Man busted at bridge with 241 pounds of pot

BROWNSVILLE — A Brownsville man is finding out the hard way that attempting to smuggle nearly 241 pounds through an international port of entry isn’t a good idea, according to officials.

On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protections turned 20-year-old Tomas Carrizales over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents after discovering nine bundles of marijuana hidden in the trunk of the silver 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis the man was driving, court records and a CBP press release indicate.

CBP officers referred Carrizales to secondary at the B&M International Bridge after noticing he had a nervous demeanor, that there was only one key in the ignition and that he had no crossing history.

CBP estimated the marijuana has an approximate value of $48,157, according to a press release.

Carrizales is being held without bond and has a scheduled preliminary examination and bond hearing Wednesday in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan, court records show.

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