Progreso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Progreso/Nuevo Progreso International Bridge seized 9.1 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $292,065 Friday afternoon.
On April 9, CBP officers at the Progreso International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. At the initial inspection, the male driver was identified as a 29-year-old Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Officers decided to conduct a secondary inspection of the vehicle. In secondary, CBP officers discovered six packages of cocaine hidden in the truck's battery. CBP officers seized the pickup truck and the cocaine.
The male traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 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.