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

Release Date: 
February 13, 2017

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine, valued at approximately $168,300, hidden within a silver 2007 Nissan Sentra.

“As our nation’s frontline of defense, CBP officers remain ever vigilant and alert as they continue to intercept narcotics and other potential threats to the safety of our nation,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry.

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

The seizure took place on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 27-year-old male Mexican citizen, resident of Matamoros, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a silver 2007 Nissan Sentra. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. Upon inspection of the vehicle, CBP officers discovered nine packages of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages containing a total of 22 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of $168,300.

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 14, 2017