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CBP Officers Seize More Than $384,000 in Cocaine at Brownsville Port of Entry

Release Date: 
June 10, 2011

Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at more than $384,000 hidden within a Ford KA.

On Thursday, June 9,

Five packages of cocaine with an estimated street value of $384,000.

CBP officers seized five packages of cocaine with an estimated street value of $384,000.

at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, CBP officers encountered a 2007 Ford KA being driven by an 18-year-old U.S. citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. At primary a CBP officer referred the Ford for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the KA. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 5.42 kilograms (12 pounds) of alleged cocaine.

The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of $384,000. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.

"Narcotics of any kind are dangerous if introduced into our communities. I thank our CBP officers for the great work they take on each day to prevent that from happening. I applaud our CBP officers for their dedication as they keep our homeland safe," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.

In attendance were several local law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the building contractor and several local community representatives.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017