BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine, valued at approximately $275,400, hidden within a white 2004 Dodge Durango.
“I congratulate our officers for this significant seizure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “This seizure was possible because of the diligence and expertise of our CBP officers in keeping narcotics from entering our country.”
The seizure took place on Tuesday, April 11, at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge when a 36-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a white 2004 Dodge Durango. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. With the help of non-intrusive imaging system (NII), CBP officers discovered 15 packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 35.71 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $275,400.
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.