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Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $115K in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge

Release Date: 
November 20, 2017

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 2017 Chevrolet Tornado.

“Our officers did an outstanding job in this narcotics seizure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “We remain committed to keeping our borders secure.”

Packages containing nearly 15 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing nearly 15 pounds
of cocaine seized by CBP officers at
Brownsville Port of Entry

The seizure took place on Friday, Nov. 17, at Gateway International Bridge when a 54-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a silver 2017 Chevrolet Tornado pick-up. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive inspection system and a canine unit, 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 him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Last modified: 
November 21, 2017