BROWNSVILLE, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $115,600, hidden within a silver 2008 Dodge Avenger.
“Our officers did an outstanding job with this seizure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I thank our officers for their efforts in keeping our borders secure.”
The seizure took place on Wednesday, May 3, at Gateway International Bridge when a 37-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a silver 2008 Dodge Avenger. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. In secondary, CBP officers discovered six packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 14.99 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $115,600.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned her over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
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.