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.
“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.
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.