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 $155,380, hidden within a red 1999 Volkswagen Jetta.
“Our officers were able to prevent these dangerous drugs from entering out country and that is a success for our citizens,” said Port Director Petra Horne, “This seizure is a significant step in accomplishing our mission of keeping our borders secure.”
The seizure took place on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Gateway International Bridge when a 20-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a red 1999 Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system which detected anomalies within the vehicle and a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered eight packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 20.15 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $155,380.
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.