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.”
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.
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.