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 $89,420, hidden within a gray 2016 Chrysler Ram 700.
“I congratulate our officers on the seizure of these narcotics,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “It is because of their dedication and commitment to our mission that these dangerous drugs were intercepted.”
The seizure took place on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Gateway International Bridge when a 29-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a gray 2016 Chrysler Ram 700. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a canine unit conducting pre-primary operations alerted to the vehicle. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the Ram 700. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 11.6 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $89,420.
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.