Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at approximately $451,200 concealed within a Nissan pickup.
On Tuesday, June 22, CBP officers at the Gateway International Bridge came in contact with a male driving a 1992 Nissan pickup. The driver was identified as a 23-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A primary CBP officer referred the driver and vehicle to secondary for further inspection.
CBP officers in the secondary inspection area determined the red Nissan pickup had six packages concealed within the rear area of the vehicle. CBP officers removed six packages from the vehicle which had a combined total weight of 6.38 kilograms, or 14.1 pounds, of cocaine.
The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $451,200. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"Outstanding work by Brownsville's CBP officers has prevented these drugs from being smuggled into the country. I applaud our officers for their work ethic and their vigilance in this enforcement action," 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.