BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge on Thursday discovered cocaine valued at approximately $598,400 hidden within a Ford F-150 pickup.
On Thursday at the Gateway International Bridge, CBP officers came in contact with the driver of a red 1999 Ford F-150 identified as a 22-year-old man. The driver was further identified as a United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas. A primary CBP officer referred the Ford and its driver for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered eight packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 8.48 kilograms (18.7 pounds) of alleged cocaine from the Ford F-150.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $598,400. CBP officers arrested the driver and turned him 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.
"Would-be smugglers will try to introduce their loads into the country by any means at their disposal, but our frontline CBP officers are there every day to keep them in check and prevent these drugs from entering our country. I applaud our CBP officers for this interception and arrest," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
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.