Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros international bridge discovered cocaine valued at more than $1 million concealed within a Ford F-150.
On Wednesday at the Brownsville and Matamoros international bridge, CBP officers encountered a black 1999 Ford F-150 driven by a 20-year-old male, Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A primary check by a CBP officer resulted in the Ford pickup and its driver being referred for further inspection. A secondary examination resulted in the discovery of several packages concealed within the F-150. CBP officers removed 16 packages from the vehicle with a combined total weight of 31.4 pounds of cocaine.
The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,004,800. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"Brownsville CBP officers demonstrate their outstanding commitment each and every day as they intercept loads of dangerous drugs. I commend our officers for their vigilance and dedication to our critical mission," 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.