Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Los Indios International Bridge on Monday discovered cocaine valued at approximately $476,800 concealed within a Dodge Stratus.
On Monday, April 30, CBP officers at the Los Indios International Bridge stopped a female driving a white 2006 Dodge Stratus for a primary inspection. The driver, identified as a 42-year-old female citizen of Mexico who resides in Santa Maria, Texas, was referred to secondary for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in secondary revealed six hidden packages concealed within the vehicle's battery. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which had a combined total weight of 14.9 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $476,800. CBP officers turned the woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"Observational training has resulted in CBP officers stopping the dangerous narcotics from entering the country." said CBP Port Director Michael Freeman. "This seizure and arrest exemplifies the outstanding work being done by CBP officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry each and every day."
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.