Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at nearly $1 million hidden within a Honda Civic.
On Tuesday, December 6 at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, CBP officers encountered a 2009 Honda Civic being driven by a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of San Benito, Texas. At primary, a CBP officer referred the Honda for a secondary examination. In secondary, CBP officers discovered 16 packages hidden within the Civic.
CBP officers removed the 16 packages containing approximately 28.2 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $902,400. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"Nearly a million dollars worth of alleged cocaine will not make it to our streets thanks to the great work being done by our frontline CBP officers. I applaud our officers for their dedication and vigilance," said CBP Port Director Michael Freeman.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.