Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry this weekend intercepted two loads of alleged cocaine in two separate enforcement actions. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics valued at approximately $414,400 hidden within two separate vehicles this weekend.
The first seizure occurred at the Gateway International Bridge on March 10, 2012 when a CBP officer working primary inspected a 2000 Ford Focus. The CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its driver, a woman identified as a 26-year-old citizen of Mexico who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered hidden packages within the Ford Focus. CBP officers removed a total of four packages from the vehicle with a combined total weight of 4.82 kilograms (10.62 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $339,840.
The second seizure occurred on March 11, 2012 when a CBP officer at the Los Indios International Bridge came in contact with a taxi. A primary CBP officer's inspection resulted in the taxi its driver and male passenger identified as a 59-year-old U.S. citizen who resides in Los Indios, Texas being referred for a secondary examination. At CBP secondary, officers discovered concealed packages within the travelers' luggage. CBP officers removed a total of six packages of alleged cocaine from within the luggage with a total combined weight of 1.06 kilograms (2.33 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $74,560.
In both of these cases CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles and turned the woman and man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"Whether the load is a large one or a small one Brownsville's CBP officers continue to stop these loads of dangerous narcotics from entering the country. I congratulate our officers for these seizures and arrests," 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.