BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers at Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville seized alleged cocaine valued at approximately $600,000 and arrested a man from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
The incident occurred Tuesday evening, June 18, when CBP-OFO officers working at Gateway International Bridge encountered a red 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by a 26-year-old male Mexican citizen. An officer referred the driver and vehicle to secondary for further examination and in the process of the inspection, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the rear bumper. Officers seized a total of six packages of alleged cocaine, which weighed approximately 18.78 pounds, and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP-OFO arrested the male and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.
"This compact but significant seizure of hard narcotics exemplifies the outstanding commitment by our frontline officers towards keeping dangerous drugs out of our communities," said Michael Freeman, port director, Brownsville port of entry.
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.