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.
“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.
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.