BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge seized a load of alleged cocaine hidden within a silver 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
“This seizure exemplifies our CBP officers’ commitment to the CBP mission,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “The experience and determination of our CBP officers are key elements of CBP's success in keeping narcotics from entering our nation.”
The seizure took place on Monday, June 20, at the Gateway International Bridge when CBP officers referred a 40-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a silver 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee for a secondary examination after a CBP narcotics detector K-9 alerted to the vehicle. Upon inspection of the vehicle, CBP officers discovered 15 packages of alleged cocaine weighing a total of 37.4 pounds. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $288,320.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle, and turned the driver over to 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.