Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $187K in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge
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 $187,000, hidden within a red 1998 Ford Mustang.
“This seizure is due to our officers’ vigilance end experience,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers did an outstanding job in finding and seizing these dangerous narcotics and our streets are safer for it.”
The seizure took place on Tuesday, Mar. 14, at Gateway International Bridge when a 19-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a red 1998 Ford Mustang. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. In secondary, CBP officers discovered 10 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 24.25 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $187,000.
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.