BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered alleged cocaine valued at approximately $441,600 concealed within a Ford Taurus.
On Wednesday, June 12, CBP officers at the Gateway International Bridge came in contact with a man driving a blue 2005 Ford Taurus as he approached CBP primary booths for a primary inspection. The driver, identified as a 35-year-old male was being accompanied by his two minor children, all citizens of Mexico who reside in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. CBP officers escorted them to secondary for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in secondary resulted in the discovery of six concealed packages within the Taurus. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which had a combined total weight of 13.8 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $441,600. CBP officers turned the man over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. The children were turned over to their mother. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"In a concerted effort to keep dangerous drugs from entering the United States, CBP officers use their continued training to intercept these smuggling attemps. I commend our CBP officers for their great enforcement action on the frontline," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
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.