Progreso CBP Officers Seize Over $1 Million in Cocaine Inside Tractor Cab
PROGRESO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Progreso/Donna Port of Entry seized just over 165 pounds of cocaine Wednesday afternoon.
“The seizure of this significant amount of narcotics is a direct result of the layered enforcement strategies implemented by CBP,” said Port Director Walter Weaver, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry. “I commend the officers for their continued vigilance and dedication in keeping narcotics from entering the country, and keeping our communities safe.”
On Wednesday, June 27, CBP officers assigned to the Progreso International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 2005 International tractor hauling an empty flatbed trailer. The driver of the tractor was a 23-year-old male Mexican citizen from Matamoros, Tamaulipas. During a routine x-ray examination, a CBP officer observed anomalies within the cab of the trailer and referred the tractor trailer to secondary for further inspection. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered 60 packages of alleged cocaine with a total weight of 165 pounds. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1,277,380.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and the tractor trailer. The driver was taken into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI). The case remains under investigation by ICE-HSI special agents.
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