Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $245K in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge
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 $245,140, hidden within a gray 2015 Hyundai Accent.
“I am proud of our officers whose determination and focus sustains the security of our borders,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “We are committed to protecting our nation.”
The seizure took place on Monday, Feb. 6, at Gateway International Bridge when a 44-year-old female Mexican citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a gray 2015 Hyundai Accent. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a K-9 alert on primary. CBP officers discovered 13 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 31.79 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $245,140.
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.