BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted two separate loads of alleged cocaine and methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $1,072,000, hidden within a Nissan Versa and a Plymouth Grand Voyager.
“During another busy week at the Brownsville Port of Entry our CBP officers’ training and vigilance resulted in the interception of these dangerous drugs at the Brownsville Port of Entry. I congratulate our officers for their continued commitment to keeping our country safe,” said Adriana Gonzalez, CBP Acting Port Director, Brownsville.
On Friday, April 18, CBP officers working primary at Gateway International Bridge encountered a red 2007 Nissan Versa driven by a man. A CBP officer’s primary examination resulted in the vehicle and its driver, identified as a 22-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered 10 packages hidden within the Versa. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle, which held a combined total weight of 26 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The second case at Gateway International Bridge took place on Saturday, April 19, when CBP officers conducting primary inspections came in contact with a man as he arrived driving a white 1995 Plymouth Grand Voyager at the port of entry. The man was identified as a 23-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The man was selected and escorted to a secondary inspection. In secondary, CBP officers discovered six food cans hidden within the Grand Voyager. CBP officers removed the packages from within the cans which held a combined total weight of 7.5 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.
The alleged loads of cocaine and methamphetamine from these seizures have estimated street values of approximately $832,000 and $240,000, respectively. CBP officers turned the male drivers over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles from these two separate enforcement actions.
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.