BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at approximately $454,400 hidden within a Chevrolet Geo Metro.
On Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Gateway International Bridge, CBP officers came in contact with a green Chevrolet Geo Metro being driven by a 21-year-old male and accompanied by a second 21-year-old male, both United States citizens, who reside in Brownsville, Texas. A primary CBP officer referred the Geo Metro and its occupants for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the vehicle's dash area. CBP officers removed the five packages containing approximately 6.46 kilograms (14.2 pounds) of alleged cocaine from the Chevrolet Geo Metro.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $454,400. CBP officers turned the driver and his passenger over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"This load of narcotics was intercepted by our frontline CBP officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry and will not make it to our communities, our schoolyards or to the hands of the children in our country. I thank each of our CBP officers for the outstanding work they do to protect our country," 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.