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Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $112,880 in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge

Release Date: 
July 26, 2016

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 $112,880, hidden within a 2006 blue Chevrolet HHR.

“We remain committed to securing our borders,” said Port Director Petra Horne, “Our officers take this responsibility very seriously and have been successful in intercepting these dangerous narcotics.”

Packages containing 14.64 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing 14.64 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry

The seizure took place on Friday, July 22, 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 blue 2006 Chevrolet HHR. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. In secondary, CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 14.64 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $112,880.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017