Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville port of entry this weekend intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics in two separate enforcement actions. CBP officers discovered alleged marijuana and cocaine valued at approximately $989,030 hidden within walls of two separate vehicles on Friday and Saturday.
The first seizure occurred early Friday, March 4, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a CBP officer working primary inspected a white 1999 Ford Windstar. The CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle and its driver, a man identified as a 33-year-old citizen of Mexico who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico being referred to CBP secondary for further examination.
While in secondary, CBP officers discovered hidden packages within the quarter panels of the Ford. CBP officers removed a total of 33 packages from the vehicle with a combined total weight of 30.36 kilograms (66.79 pounds) of alleged marijuana. The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $66,790.
On Saturday, a second seizure occurred when a CBP officer, again at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, came in contact with a green 1995 Nissan Sentra. A primary CBP officer's inspection resulted in the Nissan and its driver, a man identified as a 32-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico being referred for a secondary examination.
At CBP secondary, officers discovered hidden packages within compartments located on the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. CBP officers removed a total of 12 packages of alleged cocaine that were hidden within the vehicle with a total combined weight of 13.10 kilograms (28.82 pounds) of alleged cocaine. The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $922,240.
In both cases CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles and turned the drivers over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
"Brownsville's CBP officers stopped these two loads of dangerous narcotics from entering the country and arrested both drivers. I commend our team for their tireless commitment to the safety of our borders," 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.