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Brownsville Port of Entry CBP Officers Seize Over $400K in Cocaine

Release Date: 
January 30, 2018

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine, valued at approximately $452,880, hidden within a gray 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac.

Packages containing 26.6 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing 26.6 pounds of
cocaine seized by CBP officers at
Brownsville Port of Entry.

“This seizure exemplifies the high level of awareness and skill of our CBP officers in securing our borders,” said Port Director Bob Parker, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I commend our officers for their dedication and commitment to the CBP mission.”

The seizure took place on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 47-year-old male Mexican citizen applied for entry into the United States driving a gray 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. Upon inspection of the vehicle, and with the use of non-intrusive imaging technology (NII), CBP officers discovered and removed 25 packages containing a total of 26.6 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $452,880.

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: 
January 31, 2018