Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at more than $294,000 hidden within a Nissan Altima.
On Thursday, May 12, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, CBP officers encountered a 2001 Nissan Altima being driven by a 40-year-old male citizen of Mexico. At primary a CBP officer referred the Nissan for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered four packages hidden within the Altima. CBP officers removed the four packages containing approximately 4.16 kilograms (9.2 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of $294,400. 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.
"This load of alleged cocaine will not reach our communities thanks to the great work being done on the frontline by our CBP officers. I applaud our CBP officers for their vigilance, service and integrity as they keep our country safe," 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.