Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $155K in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge
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.