BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Veterans International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine, valued at approximately $90,440, hidden within a silver 2002 Saturn L100.
“With every seizure of hard narcotics, our CBP officers demonstrate their steadfast determination in safeguarding the nation from dangerous substances as they work diligently in securing our borders,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The seizure took place on Wednesday, May 10, at Veterans International Bridge when a 42-year-old male United States citizen with residence in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a silver 2002 Saturn L100 and was referred to CBP secondary for examination. Upon inspection of the vehicle, CBP officers discovered and removed five packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the vehicle. The packages contained a total of 11.73 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of approximately $90,440.
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.
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.