Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $88K in Cocaine at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge
BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine. CBP officers discovered the narcotics, valued at approximately $88,400, hidden within a 2010 Dodge Caliber.
“The vigilance and dedication to safeguarding our borders by our CBP officers stopped these narcotics from entering the United States and harming the people in our communities,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The seizure took place on Sunday, July 5, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 23-year-old male Mexican citizen applied for entry into the United States driving a white 2010 Dodge Caliber. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. In secondary, with the aid of a non-intrusive imaging system (NII) and a canine unit, CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the Dodge Caliber. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 11.46 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $88,400.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.