BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge seized a load of alleged cocaine, valued at approximately $184,620, hidden within a black 2003 Saturn Ion.
“This seizure is a result of the keen observational skills, specialized training, and experience of our CBP officers,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I thank our CBP officers for their relentless dedication and commitment.”
The seizure took place on Nov. 5, at the Gateway International Bridge when CBP officers referred a 19-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a black 2003 Saturn Ion to secondary for further examination after a primary inspection. Upon inspection of the vehicle and with the help of a CBP narcotics detection canine, CBP officers discovered nine packages containing a total of 24 pounds of alleged cocaine. The estimated street value of the seized narcotics is $184,620.
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.