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 $135,320, hidden within a white 2014 Ford Focus.
“The seizure of dangerous narcotics plays an important part in keeping our borders secure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Thanks to the outstanding efforts of our officers, these drugs were intercepted and our streets are safer for it.”
The seizure took place on Monday, Sept. 19, at Gateway International Bridge when a 21-year-old woman United States citizen who resides in Los Fresnos, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a white 2014 Ford Focus. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system and a K9 unit, CBP officers working secondary discovered seven packages hidden within the Ford Focus. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 17.55 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $135,320.
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.