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Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $279K in Cocaine at Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge

Release Date: 
July 6, 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 $279,480, hidden within a black 2009 Hyundai Sonata.

“This seizure was the result of the diligence with which our officers perform their duties,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers on their success in seizing these dangerous narcotics.”

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

The seizure took place on Tuesday, July 4, at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge when a 22-year-old female United States citizen who resides in San Benito, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a black 2009 Hyundai Sonata. 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 36.24 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $279,480.

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.

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Last modified: 
July 6, 2017