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 $195,160 hidden within a gray 2005 Ford Mustang.
“I thank our officers for their vigilance and commitment to secure our borders which has kept these dangerous narcotics from entering our country,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The seizure took place on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 20-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a gray 2005 Ford Mustang along with a 24-year-old male United States citizen passenger who also resides in Brownsville, Texas. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. In secondary, with the aid of a K9 unit, CBP officers discovered 10 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 25.31 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $195,160.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and the passenger, and turned them 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.