Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $36K 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 $36,550, hidden within a silver 2003 Ford Ranger.
“It is paramount that we maintain a robust enforcement posture in securing our borders,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for their dedication to the CBP mission.”
The seizure took place on Tuesday, April 25, at Gateway International Bridge when a 24-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, applied for entry into the United States driving a silver 2003 Ford Ranger. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. In secondary, CBP officers discovered one package hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the package which contained a total of 4.74 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $36,550.
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.