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,
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.
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.