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.
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.
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.