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Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $145,860 in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge

Release Date: 
February 16, 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 $145,860, hidden within a maroon 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix.

“We have a commitment and responsibility to secure our borders,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “It is this dedication and commitment which has kept these dangerous narcotics from entering our country.”

Packages containing nearly 19 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of EntryThe seizure took place on Monday, Feb. 15, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 25-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a maroon 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. In secondary, with the aid of a K9 unit, CBP officers discovered eight packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 18.92 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $145,860.

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.

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February 9, 2017