Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge seized more than $700,000 worth of cocaine discovered in a vehicle seeking to enter the United States.
On Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at the Gateway International Bridge, CBP officers' primary inspection of a silver 2008 Suzuki Swift driven by a 32 year-old male Mexico citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico resulted in the driver and vehicle being referred for a secondary examination. At secondary, CBP officers discovered 12 packages containing a combined total weight of 22.6 pounds of cocaine hidden within the floor of the Suzuki.
The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of $723,200. CBP officers referred the matter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation.
"These dangerous drugs have been stopped at the border by our frontline defenders," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry. "Our CBP officers demonstrate courage, valor and dedication in securing our nation's borders. This is another outstanding job by Brownsville's CBP officers,"
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.