BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine, valued at more than $381,000, hidden within a Dodge Intrepid.
On February 29, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, CBP officers encountered a 1999 Dodge Intrepid being driven by a 42-year-old male Mexico citizen and resident of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. At primary inspection, a CBP officer referred the Dodge for a secondary examination. In secondary, CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained approximately 11.92 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $381,440. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"This load of alleged cocaine has been stopped at the border by our frontline CBP officers. I applaud our officers for their commitment, dedication and vigilance," 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.