BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway and Brownsville Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged cocaine, valued at approximately $496,000, hidden within a Chrysler Sebring.
"Nearly half a million dollars in cocaine was stopped at the border by our vigilant primary CBP officers. I applaud our officers for the outstanding work they undertake each and every day," said Michael T. Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
On September 11, CBP officers working primary at Gateway International Bridge encountered a white 2007 Chrysler Sebring being driven by a man. A CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its male driver, identified as a 20-year-old and his wife, both Mexican citizens who reside in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered six hidden packages within the Chrysler. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which held a combined total weight of 7.03 kilograms (15.5 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $496,000. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles and turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. The driver's wife was returned to Mexico.
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.