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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize More Than $381,000 in Cocaine at Port of Brownsville

Release Date: 
March 1, 2012

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.

 

 CBP officers in Brownsville seized this cocaine during a secondary inspection. This cache weighing 11.92 pounds, has an estimated street value of approximately $381,440.

CBP officers in Brownsville seized this cocaine during a secondary inspection. This cache weighing 11.92 pounds, has an estimated street value of approximately $381,440.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017