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Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $174,760 in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge

Release Date: 
May 31, 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 $174,760, hidden within a red 2011 Nissan Sentra.

Packages containing 22.66 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry

Packages containing 22.66 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry

“Our officers have done an excellent job in the discovery and seizure of these dangerous narcotics,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry.

The seizure took place on Saturday, May 28, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 30-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a red 2011 Nissan Sentra. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a K-9 alert during the primary inspection. In secondary, CBP officers discovered nine packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 22.66 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $174,760.

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