BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine, valued at approximately $35,000, hidden under the clothing of a woman attempting entry into the United States.
“Our CBP officers remain vigilant as they continue to successfully keep narcotics from entering our country,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Every load of narcotics intercepted by our officers is a significant seizure and a great contribution to our border’s security.”
The seizure took place on Nov. 7, at the Gateway International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 20-year-old female United States citizen from Brownsville, Texas driving a red 2003 Ford Focus for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered two packages hidden under the woman’s clothing. CBP officers removed the packages containing a total of 4.54 pounds of alleged cocaine. The estimated street value of the seized narcotics is $35,000.
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.