Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville port of entry seized more than nine pounds of cocaine and 100 pounds of marijuana and arrested two male Mexican citizens in two separate enforcement actions.
The first seizure transpired on January 28, CBP officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge referred a white 2001 Chevrolet Suburban driven by a 40-year-old Mexico citizen residing in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico for CBP secondary inspection. In secondary, a search of the vehicle by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of four packages containing a total of over nine pounds of cocaine.
The next seizure, a load of marijuana, also took place on January 28, this time at the Gateway International Bridge. CBP officers seized 100 pounds of marijuana hidden within the side panels of a 1991 Chrysler Grand Voyager driven by a 20-year-old male Mexican citizen from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A primary CBP officer referred the white van to secondary for a closer inspection where CBP officers discovered 35 packages of marijuana.
The cocaine and marijuana from these enforcement actions has an estimated street value of more than $302,000. Both drivers were arrested CBP officers and referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation.
"Brownsville CBP officers have stopped more than $1 million in cocaine and marijuana recently at the Brownsville port of entry. These interceptions of dangerous narcotics are a direct result of the continued enforcement posture by our CBP officers on the frontline," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director for the Brownsville port of entry.
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.