Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection) officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at approximately $704,000 concealed within a Chrysler Grand Voyager.
On Wednesday, April 21, CBP officers encountered a 1999 Chrysler Grand Voyager driven by a 25-year-old male, Mexican citizen and resident of Queretaro, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. A CBP officer referred the driver and vehicle to secondary for further inspection. At secondary, CBP officers discovered hidden packages within the vehicle. CBP officers removed 16 packages of cocaine, with a total weight of 22 pounds, from the vehicle.
The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $704,000. CBP officers turned the narcotics, driver and vehicle over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation.
"Brownsville CBP officers have stopped over $3 million worth of narcotics from entering our country in the past three days. I applaud our officers for these interceptions and for their outstanding dedication to our critical mission," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, 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.