Roma, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at over $1,350,400 hidden within a Dodge Avenger.
On July 16 at the Roma International Bridge, CBP officers came in contact with a 2009 Dodge Avenger being driven by a 31-year-old woman identified as a United States citizen and resident of Houston, Texas. After a primary inspection, a CBP officer referred the Dodge for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered 21 packages hidden within the Avenger. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 19.12 kilograms (42.2 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,350,400. CBP officers turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"Our CBP officers' vigilance was instrumental in detecting this load of cocaine, thereby preventing dangerous narcotics from reaching the streets of our country. I congratulate and thank our officers for an outstanding job in helping to keep our communities secure," said Crescencio Cantu Jr., CBP Port Director, Roma Port of Entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.