Brownsville, Texas —U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge on Wednesday discovered cocaine valued at approximately $656,000 hidden within a Chevrolet Malibu.
“Great observational skills by our officers on primary led to this seizure. I applaud our CBP officers for their outstanding work ethic as they safeguard our borders every day and keep these dangerous drugs from being smuggled into our homeland,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
On Wednesday, February 12, at the Gateway International Bridge CBP officers came in contact with the driver of a gray 2005 Chevrolet Malibu identified as a 19-year-old female citizen of the United States who resides in Brownsville, Texas. A primary CBP officer referred the Malibu and its driver for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered 12 packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the 12 packages containing approximately 20 pounds of alleged cocaine from the Chevrolet Malibu.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $656,000. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations 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.