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 $168,300, hidden within a silver 2002 Nissan Altima.
“Our officers’ keen observation skills led to the discovery of these dangerous narcotics,” said Port Director Petra Horne, “Keeping our borders secure is a very important task and our officers take that responsibility very seriously.”
The seizure took place on Monday, Oct. 10, at Gateway International Bridge when a 20-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a silver 2002 Nissan Altima. 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 nine packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 21.83 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $168,300.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned her 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.