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CBP Officers Seize $200K in Narcotics in Two Seizures at Gateway Bridge

Release Date: 
December 13, 2016

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry recently intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics last week at the Gateway International Bridge. CBP officers discovered the alleged drugs, carrying a combined street value of approximately $203,765, hidden within the two vehicles.

“Our officers’ diligence and commitment to keeping our borders secure resulted in these seizures,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “These dangerous narcotics were kept from entering our country and our streets are safer for it.”

Packages containing 20.86 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry
Packages containing 20.86 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry

The first seizure took place on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Gateway International Bridge when a 41-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a black 1996 Chevy 1500 pick-up. The driver was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. In secondary, CBP officers discovered one package hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the package which contained a total of 2.15 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.

The second seizure occurred on Friday, Dec. 9, at Gateway International Bridge when a 26-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, attempted entry into the United States, driving a blue 2000 Ford Explorer XLT and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. In secondary, CBP officers discovered nine packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 20.86 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from these seizures is approximately $42,945, and $160,820, respectively. 

CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers, and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017