BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine, valued at approximately $18,000, hidden under the clothes of a 23-year-old man.
“Every seizure of narcotics is a significant seizure and reiterates the commitment and dedication of our CBP officers in securing our border,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The seizure took place on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Gateway International Bridge, when a 23-year-old male United States citizen from Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the country driving a white 2005 Lincoln Navigator and was referred to CBP secondary for inspection. During the examination, CBP officers discovered one package hidden under the man’s clothes. CBP officers removed the package containing a total of 2.37 pounds of alleged cocaine. The estimated street value of the seized narcotics is $18,000.
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.