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.”
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.
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.