Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at over $633,600 hidden within a three different vehicles in three separate enforcement actions.
On Thursday, July 26, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, CBP officers encountered three separate smuggling attempts. The first case involved the inspection of a white 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo being driven by a 34-year-old male Mexico citizens and resident of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. At primary a CBP officer referred the Chevrolet and its occupant for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered three packages hidden within a tool box in the truck of the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 3.39 kilograms (7.5 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The second case about fifteen minutes later also occurred at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge. CBP officers working northbound inspections came in contact with a male Mexico citizen as he arrived at the port of entry as the driver of a gray 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The man, identified as a 31-year-old resident of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico was selected and escorted to a secondary inspection. In secondary CBP officers discovered three packages concealed within a tool box being transported in the vehicle. CBP officers removed the three packages which held a combined total weight of 3.36 kilograms (7.4 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The third case about thirty minutes later also took place at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge. CBP officers working primary selected a male driver and his 1999 Dodge Stratus for a secondary inspection. The driver identified as a 41-year-old Mexico citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico was escorted to CBP secondary where CBP officers discovered two hidden packages within a tool box found in the truck of the Dodge. CBP officers removed the two packages which held a combined total weight of 2.2 kilograms (4.9 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from these three seizures has an estimated street value of approximately $633,600. CBP officers turned the drivers over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles.
"Vigilance and never letting their guard down has resulted ant these three loads of alleged cocaine being stopped before making it into the streets of our country. I applaud our officers' dedication to our nations' safety," 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.