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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize $240,000 in Cocaine at Brownsville Port of Entry

Release Date: 
March 25, 2011

Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine hidden in a vehicle.

The suspect was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

CBP officers discovered five packages containing approximately 7.5 pounds of cocaine hidden in a vehicle at the Brownsville Port of Entry.

On Thursday at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, CBP officers encountered a 1994 Dodge Spirit driven by a 21-year-old man accompanied by a 22-year-old male passenger, both Mexican citizens who reside in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A CBP officer referred the Dodge for a secondary inspection. CBP officers working in the secondary examination area discovered five packages within the Dodge Spirit. Officers removed the five packages containing approximately 7.5 pounds of cocaine.

The cocaine from has an estimated street value of $240,000. CBP officers turned the driver and his passenger over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.

"This is outstanding work being done on the frontline by our homeland defenders. I applaud our CBP officers for their continued enforcement actions on the border," 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017