BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge recently discovered a cache of cocaine valued at more than $1,068,800 hidden within a Ford F-150 pick-up truck.
On March 30, a red Ford F-150 truck, driven by a 24-year-old male U. S. citizen and resident of San Benito, Texas, crossed into the United States at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge where CBP officers performed a primary inspection and referred the driver and vehicle for a secondary inspection. During the secondary examination, CBP officers discovered 13 packages hidden within the pick-up. CBP officers removed the packages that were found to contain approximately 33.4 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,068,800. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers also seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"This load of alleged cocaine has been stopped at the border by our frontline CBP officers. I applaud our officers for their commitment, dedication, and vigilance," 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.