Brownsville, TX - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Veteran's International Bridge yesterday 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 U.S. by a lone female. The driver, identified as a 21-year-old female U.S. citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas was referred to secondary for further inspection where CBP officers discovered two packages hidden within the Chevrolet. The two packages contain approximately 2.59 kilograms (5.7 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged 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 special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville, called this an outstanding seizure and arrest. "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," Freeman said.
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