Brownsville, TX - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Veteran's International Bridge on Thursday discovered cocaine valued at approximately $182,400, concealed within a Chevrolet Van driven by a U.S. citizen.
CBP officers at the Veteran's International Bridge encountered a beige and silver Chevrolet, Chevy Van being driven into the United States. The driver, a 21-year-old female U.S. citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, was referred for further inspection. CBP officers discovered two packages hidden within the Chevrolet. The two packages contained approximately 5.7 pounds of cocaine.
The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $182,400. 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.
"An outstanding seizure and arrest by our CBP officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry. Keeping these dangerous narcotics from entering our country and reaching our communities is of paramount importance to CBP. I congratulate our officers and I applaud their hard work and dedication," 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 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.