BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS--U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas intercepted two loads of alleged cocaine and methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $1,855,100, hidden within two vehicles.
"It was a busy Labor Day weekend at Gateway International Bridge," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville. "CBP officers stopped more than 52 pounds of cocaine and 12 pounds of methamphetamine from entering the country in two different smuggling attempts. I applaud our CBP officers' commitment and dedication and thank them for these outstanding interceptions and arrests," .
On Friday, officers working primary at Gateway International Bridge encountered a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina driven by a woman. A CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its driver, identified as a 26-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico and her six-year-old son being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. CBP officers then discovered five hidden packages within a non-factory compartment within the Lumina with a combined total weight of 5.70 kilograms (12.6 pounds) of suspected cocaine.
The suspected cocaine has an estimated street value of approximately $403,200. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the woman over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. The driver's son was released to a family member and returned to Mexico.
A second smuggling attempt occurred Saturday when CBP officers working primary at Gateway International Bridge encountered a 2003 Chrysler Town & Country being driven by a man. A CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its driver, identified as a 43-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, officers discovered 32 hidden packages within the Chrysler Town & Country.
CBP officers removed 24 packages from the vehicle which held a combined total weight of 18 kilograms (39.7 pounds) of alleged cocaine and eight packages with a combined total weight of 5.50 kilograms (12.1 pounds) of suspected methamphetamine.
The suspected cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,270,400 and the alleged methamphetamine has an estimated street value of approximately $181,500. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the man over to Homeland Security Investigations 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.