PROGRESO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Progreso International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $76,500, hidden within a 2010 gray Mitsubishi Lancer.
“This narcotic interdiction is a testament to CBP’s commitment to protect our nation’s borders,” said Port Director Nestor Garza III, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry. “I am proud of our officers’ dedication and work ethic."
The seizure took place on Monday, May. 2, at the Progreso International Bridge when a 32-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Weslaco, Texas, attempted entry into the United States, driving a 2010 gray Mitsubishi Lancer and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. With the help of a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered four packages of alleged cocaine within the vehicle. The narcotics weighed 9.92 pounds and carried an estimated street value $76,500.
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
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.