Brownsville, Texas —U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge this weekend discovered cocaine valued at approximately $409,600 hidden within a Chrysler PT Cruiser.
“This load of narcotics has been stopped by our frontline CBP officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry. I congratulate our CBP officers for their attentiveness and alertness as they continue to protect our country’s borders,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
On Sunday, January 12, at the Gateway International Bridge CBP officers came in contact with a Chrysler PT Cruiser being driven by a 24-year-old male citizen of Mexico who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A primary CBP officer referred the Chrysler and its driver for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the six packages containing approximately 5.80 kilograms (12.8 pounds) of alleged cocaine from the Chrysler PT Cruiser.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $409,600. CBP officers arrested the driver and subsequently turned him 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.