BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered alleged cocaine valued at approximately $384,000 concealed within a Chevrolet Malibu.
“In a determined effort to keep dangerous drugs from entering the United States, CBP officers use their training to intercept these attempts at smuggling at our country’s borders. I commend our CBP officers for their great enforcement action with this seizure and arrest,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.
On Tuesday, April 15, CBP officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge came in contact with a man driving a beige 2000 Chevrolet Malibu as he approached CBP primary booths for a primary inspection. The driver was identified as a 22-year-old male citizen of Mexico who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. CBP officers escorted the vehicle and its occupant to secondary for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in secondary resulted in the discovery of five concealed packages within the Malibu. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which had a combined total weight of 12 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $384,000. CBP officers turned the man over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
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.