CBP Officers Seize $105K in Cocaine at the Progreso/Donna Port of Entry
PROGRESO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Progreso/Donna Port of Entry seized alleged cocaine valued at $105,740 during an enforcement exam.
"The experience and attention to detail displayed by our CBP officers are essential in interdicting illegal narcotics. This is a good example of smugglers going to great lengths to import illegal drugs into the country and CBP officers stopping it from going any further," said CBP Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on February 14 at the Progreso International Bridge after CBP officers referred a white 2013 Nissan Sentra to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 21-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After a physical inspection of the vehicle and with the assistance of a canine, officers discovered six packages allegedly containing approximately 13.71 pounds of cocaine concealed with the vehicle.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, valued at approximately $105,740, and the vehicle. The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
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.