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Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $78K in Cocaine at Gateway International Bridge

Release Date: 
March 3, 2017

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 $78,200, hidden within a blue 1999 Dodge Caravan.

“We continue to make great strides in securing our borders,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our officers did an outstanding job in finding these dangerous drugs and keeping them from entering our country.”

Packages containing 10 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing 10 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port
of Entry

The seizure took place on Thursday, Mar. 2, at Gateway International Bridge when a 42-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a blue 1999 Dodge Caravan. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system and a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered four packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 10.14 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $78,200.

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.

Last modified: 
March 6, 2017