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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize $1.1 Million in Cocaine at Brownsville Port of Entry

Release Date: 
August 17, 2011

Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at more than $1.1 million hidden within a Ford F-150.

The pickup was driven by a 48-year-old male citizen of Houston.

CBP officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge seized 14 packages containing 34.7 pounds of cocaine from a Ford pickup Tuesday.

On Tuesday, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, CBP officers encountered a 2002 Ford F-150 Crew Cab being driven by a 48-year-old male citizen of Houston. At primary a CBP officer referred the Ford for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered 14 packages hidden within the F-150. CBP officers removed the 14 packages containing approximately 34.7 pounds of cocaine.

The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,110,400. 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.

"The seizure of this load of alleged cocaine will keep it from reaching our communities thanks to the great work by our frontline CBP officers. I applaud our CBP officers for their vigilance in the detection of these dangerous drugs and for keeping our country safe," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville Port of Entry.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017