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Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $287K in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge

Release Date: 
September 15, 2016

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 $287,640, hidden within a white 2003 Toyota Camry.

“It is our priority to keep our borders and our country secure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, “These dangerous narcotics did not reach our streets thanks to the determination and commitment of our officers.”

Packages containing 37 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing 37 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Brownsville
Port of Entry

The seizure took place on Wednesday, Sep. 14, at Gateway International Bridge when a 23-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a white 2003 Toyota Camry. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. In secondary, with the aid of a K9 unit, CBP officers discovered 15 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 37.3 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $287,640.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017