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Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize $96,900 in Cocaine at Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge

Release Date: 
July 5, 2016

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the B&M International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $96,900, hidden within a gold 2007 Saturn Aura.

“Intercepting these dangerous narcotics is key to keeping our country secure,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I thank our CBP officers for their diligence and commitment to our mission.”

Packages containing 12.57 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing 12.57 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry

The seizure took place on Sunday, July 3, at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge when a 27-year-old female Mexican citizen, who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a gold 2007 Saturn Aura. The driver was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. In CBP secondary, CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 12.57 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $96,900.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017