PROGRESO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Donna port of entry came in contact with a family of three and intercepted an alleged load of cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics valued at approximately $226,000 concealed under the driver and passengers' clothing.
On Wednesday, Jan. 25, CBP officers working primary at the Donna International Bridge encountered a Ford Lobo driven by a 59-year-old male accompanied by his wife, 56, who along with her husband resides in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and his adult son a 30-year-old who resides in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle and its occupants being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered a single package concealed under the personal clothing each traveler was wearing. CBP officers removed the three packages which held a combined total weight of 3.2 kilograms (7.06 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $225,920. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the two men and the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"Vigilance and perseverance by our primary CBP officers at the Donna International Bridge resulted in this discovery, seizure and arrests. I thank our CBP officers for their work each day as they secure our country's borders," said Carlos Rodriguez, port director, Progreso/Donna 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.