Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at approximately $1,347,200 concealed within a Chevrolet Tahoe Tuesday.
CBP officers came in contact with a female driving a gray 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. The driver was identified as a 29-year-old female U.S. citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas and she was referred to secondary for further inspection. CBP officers in the secondary inspection area discovered 19 packages concealed within the Tahoe. CBP officers removed the 19 packages from the vehicle which had a combined total weight of 19.10 kilograms (42.1 pounds) of cocaine.
The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,347,200. CBP officers turned the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"Vigilance, service, integrity and professionalism are the core values of CBP. Brownsville's CBP officers epitomize our core values and demonstrate the highest standards as they stop dangerous narcotics from entering our country. I commend our officers for their outstanding work in this seizure," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.