Brownsville CBP Officers Had Busy Thanksgiving Weekend Seizing $1.3 Million in Cocaine, Marijuana
Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers had a busy Thanksgiving weekend at the Brownsville port of entry, seizing close to 40 pounds of cocaine and nearly 186 pounds of marijuana; two women and one man were arrested in connection with these enforcement actions. The seized narcotics had a combined estimated street value of more than $1.3 million.
The first of two marijuana seizures occurred on November 25, at Gateway International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Edwin Manuel Victoria Garcia, age 23, a citizen of Mexico and resident of Zitacuaro, Michoacán, Mexico for a secondary inspection. In secondary, "Quizno," a narcotic detector dog, alerted officers to the odor of narcotics emanating from the vehicle. CBP officers' examination revealed inconsistencies to the floor of the Ford. An intensified examination of the vehicle revealed a total of 47 packages hidden within the man-made floor compartment and within the gas tank. The 47 packages of marijuana had a combined weight of nearly 93 pounds.
The marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of over $93,000. CBP officers arrested Edwin Manuel Victoria Garcia and turned him over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents who investigated the seizure and processed him on federal drug charges.
The second marijuana seizure also occurred on November 25. CBP officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge seized nearly 93 pounds of narcotics hidden in metal boxes affixed to the tires of a 2000 Ford Expedition driven by Christian Janet Gurrola Olivas, a 28-year-old Mexican citizen from Carrollton, Texas. "Gulliver," a narcotic detector dog, further alerted officers to the odor of narcotics emanating from the Ford. The marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of almost $93,000. The driver was detained by CBP officers and turned over to the custody of ICE special agents who investigated the seizure. After thorough review of the case, Christian Janet Gurrola Olivas was processed by the Cameron County Sheriff's Office on state drug charges.
The next seizure, a load of cocaine again on November 25, also took place at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge. CBP officers seized nearly 35 pounds of cocaine hidden within a man-made compartment in the floor of a grey Chevrolet Equinox driven by Norma A. Cavazos, a 33-year-old Mexican citizen from Brownsville, Texas. "Gulliver," a narcotic detector dog, alerted officers to the odor of narcotics emanating from the vehicle. An intensified inspection of the Equinox by CBP officers revealed 14 packages of narcotics. The cocaine from this enforcement action has an estimated street value of $1.1 million. Norma A. Cavazos was arrested by CBP officers and turned over to the custody of ICE special agents who continue to investigate the seizure and processed the driver on federal drug charges.
"CBP officers know that most travelers that use our border crossings do so legally and without any ill intentions. As CBP officers secure our borders they will continue to stop dangerous loads of drugs from being smuggled into the country," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville. Freeman continued, "this weekend's loads show that our vigilance at the border is working. I congratulate our officers for a job well done."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.