Brownsville, TX - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge on Friday discovered cocaine valued at approximately $620,800 concealed within a Jeep Cherokee.
On Friday, September 16, CBP officers at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a male driving a blue 1999 Jeep Cherokee as he approached CBP primary booths for a primary inspection. The driver, identified as a 54-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Joliet, Illinois was referred to secondary for further inspection.
Examination by CBP officers in secondary revealed 13 concealed packages hidden within the Cherokee. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which had a combined total weight of 19.4 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $620,800. CBP officers turned the man 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 skills training our CBP officers receive was key to the discovery of these dangerous narcotics. I congratulate Brownsville CBP officers for this interception and arrest and for helping to keep drugs off our streets," said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.
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.