BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry this weekend intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics in two separate enforcement actions. CBP officers discovered alleged cocaine and marijuana valued at approximately $414,100 hidden in tires and walls of two separate vehicles just hours apart on Saturday.
The first seizure occurred early Saturday morning, January 22, 2011 at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a CBP officer working primary inspected a gray Volkswagen Passat. The CBP officers' primary examination resulted in the vehicle and its driver, a woman identified as a 24-year-old United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas being referred to CBP secondary for further inspection. At secondary, CBP officers discovered hidden packages within the walls of the Volkswagen Passat. CBP officers removed a total of four packages from the vehicle with a combined total weight of 4.61 kilograms (10.2 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $326,400.
Shortly after the first case a second seizure occurred when a CBP officer working at Gateway International Bridge came in contact with a gray 1996 Chevrolet Blazer. The CBP officer at primary inspection referred the Blazer driven by man identified as a 31-year-old Mexico citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico for a secondary examination. At CBP secondary officers discovered hidden packages within the tires of the Chevrolet Blazer. CBP officers removed a total of 16 packages of alleged marijuana that were encapsulated in metal boxes within the vehicle's tires. A total combined weight of 39.78 kilograms (87.7 pounds) of alleged marijuana was extracted from the metal boxes.
The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $87,700.
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 (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"Our CBP officers carry out our agency's critical mission of stopping those that would aim to do us harm, while continuing to make these impressive interceptions of dangerous narcotics at the ports of entry. I commend our officers for their conscientiousness in facilitating lawful trade and travel and securing our nation," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, 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.