US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep CBP.gov current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $168K in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge

Release Date: 
October 11, 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 $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.”

Packages containing nearly 22 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing nearly 22 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017