Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge on Tuesday discovered cocaine valued at approximately $233,600 concealed within a Nissan Altima.
On Tuesday, June 7, CBP officers at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a male driving a black 1994 Nissan Altima as he approached CBP primary booths for a primary inspection. The driver, a 41-year-old male Mexican citizen residing in Brownsville, Texas was referred to secondary for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in secondary revealed three concealed packages hidden within the Nissan. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which had a combined total weight of 3.33 kilograms (7.3 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $233,600. CBP officers turned the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"Working with our partners in ICE-HSI, Brownsville CBP officers stopped these narcotics from reaching their intended destination in the U.S. I congratulate our officers for their outstanding work in this seizure and arrest," 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.