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Brownsville Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize Narcotics Valued at $437,356 in Three Seizures

Release Date: 
June 29, 2017

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted three loads of alleged narcotics on Tuesday. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, which carried a combined street value of approximately $437,356, hidden within three vehicles.

“Every narcotics seizure is important when it comes to the security of our nation,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers did an excellent job in the interceptions of these dangerous narcotics.”

Packages containing 7.5 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge
Packages containing 7.5 pounds of
cocaine seized by CBP officers at
Brownsville and Matamoros
International Bridge.

The first seizure took place on Tuesday, June 27, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, when CBP officers working primary encountered a man as he arrived as the driver of an orange 2011 Dodge Charger. The driver, identified as a 21-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system and a K9 unit, CBP officers discovered three packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 7.5 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of $57,800.

The second seizure also took place on Tuesday, June 27, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, when CBP officers working primary encountered a man as he arrived as the driver of a white 2006 Chevy Malibu. The driver, identified as a 43-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system and a K9 unit, CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the Chevy Malibu. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 12.17 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of $93,840.

The third seizure also took place on Tuesday, June 27, at the Gateway International Bridge, when a 44-year-old woman Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico arrived as the driver of a gray 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. After a primary inspection, the CBP officers referred the driver to secondary for further examination. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system and a K9 unit, CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the Volkswagen Jetta. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 14.29 pounds of alleged methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $285,716.

The combined estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures is approximately $437,356.

CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers, and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Last modified: 
June 30, 2017