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Body Carrier Caught Attempting to Smuggle $6,180 in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge

Release Date: 
January 16, 2018

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted a load of alleged cocaine at the Gateway International Bridge. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $6,180, hidden under the clothing of a woman attempting entry into the United States via the pedestrian lane.

A package containing 0.8 pounds of cocaine seized from a body carrier at Brownsville Port of Entry
A package containing 0.8 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers from body carrier at
Brownsville Port of Entry.

“Our officers’ keen observation skills and experience were a determining factor in this seizure,” said Port Director Bob Parker, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for their diligence and dedication to the mission of CBP.”

The seizure took place on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 19-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Matamoros, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States through the pedestrian lane and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered a package hidden under the woman’s clothing. CBP officers removed the package, which contained a total of .8 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of $6,180.

CBP officers seized the narcotics, arrested the traveler, and turned her over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021