Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge, Brownsville, Texas, discovered cocaine valued at $816,000 hidden within an SUV.
On Monday, officers referred a 1999 Honda Odyssey to secondary inspection where further examination revealed 10 packages containing 11.58 kilograms (25.5 pounds) of cocaine. Two Mexican citizens were arrested.
The cocaine has an estimated street value of $816,000. The narcotics, driver, passenger and vehicle were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further processing.
"Brownsville's CBP officers have a vast wealth of inspectional knowledge acquired through training and experience. I congratulate our frontline protectors for an excellent job in the interception of these dangerous drugs," 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.