Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge on Thursday discovered alleged cocaine valued at approximately $313,600 concealed within a GMC Sierra.
On Thursday, April 19, CBP officers at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a man driving a green 1997 GMC Sierra as he approached CBP primary booths for a primary inspection. The driver, identified as a 52-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Corpus Christi, Texas, was escorted to secondary for further inspection after a primary examination of his entry documents revealed a possible active warrant for his arrest. Examination by CBP officers in secondary confirmed an active arrest warrant; subsequent inspection of the GMC revealed two concealed packages within the Sierra. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which had a combined total weight of 4.44 kilograms (9.8 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $313,600. CBP officers turned the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"These dangerous drugs will not be introduced into the country, thanks in large part to the observational skills our CBP officers use every day. I congratulate Brownsville CBP officers for this interception and arrest and for their assistance in keeping drugs off our streets," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
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.