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.”
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.
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.