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 $79,560, hidden within a silver 2003 Saturn Ion.
“This seizure is the result of the diligence and dedication of our officers to keep our borders secure and our streets are safer for it,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I congratulate our officers for their efforts on this significant narcotics seizure.”
The seizure took place on Wednesday, July 19, 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 silver 2003 Saturn Ion. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a K9 unit, CBP officers working secondary discovered four packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 10.32 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $79,560.
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.