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Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $17,680 in Cocaine at Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge

Release Date: 
July 12, 2016

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the B&M International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $17,680, hidden within a silver 2004 Saturn Vue.

“Every seizure is significant when keeping dangerous drug off our streets,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I thank our CBP officers for their diligence and commitment to our mission.”

Package containing just over two pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Package containing two pounds of cocaine seized
by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry

The seizure took place on Monday, July 11, at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge when a 23-year-old male United States citizen, who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a silver 2004 Saturn Vue. The driver was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system which detected anomalies within the vehicle and a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered a package hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the package which contained a total of 2.3 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $17,680.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017