BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge this weekend intercepted cocaine valued at approximately $332,800 hidden within a Pontiac Grand Am.
"Whether it's 10 pounds or 100 pounds, our CBP officers remain ever vigilant. This alleged load of cocaine has been intercepted at the border thanks to the outstanding work by our frontline officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry. I applaud their work and their commitment to keeping our country safe from these dangerous drugs," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
On Sunday, September 22, at the Gateway International Bridge CBP officers came in contact with a 2006 Pontiac Grand Am being driven by a 25-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas. A primary CBP officer referred the Grand Am and its occupant for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered four packages hidden within the vehicle dashboard area. CBP officers removed the four packages containing approximately 4.70 kilograms (11.4 pounds) of alleged cocaine from the Pontiac Grand Am.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $332,800. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
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.