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Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $275K in Cocaine at Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge

Release Date: 
April 12, 2017

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.”

Packages containing nearly 36 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing nearly 36 pounds
of cocaine seized by CBP officers at
Brownsville Port of Entry.

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.

Last modified: 
April 18, 2017