Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville's Gateway International Bridge seized approximately $1,535,600 worth of cocaine and heroin discovered in three separate enforcement actions this past weekend.
On Friday, October 28 at Gateway International Bridge, a primary inspection of a red 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen who resides in San Antonio, Texas, resulted in the driver and vehicle being referred for a secondary examination. At secondary, CBP officers discovered three packages concealed within the vehicle. CBP officers' examination of the packages revealed a combined weight of 6.52 kilograms (14.4 pounds) of alleged cocaine
The second case this weekend also occurred at Gateway International Bridge on Friday, October 28, when a male U.S. citizen arrived at the port of entry as a pedestrian. The male, identified as a 53-year-old resident of Chicago, Illinois was selected and escorted to a secondary inspection. In secondary CBP officers discovered a package concealed within each of the three plaques he was carrying in his suitcase. The three packages were removed and held a combined total weight of 1.92 kilograms (4.2 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
In the third case this weekend at Gateway International Bridge CBP officers came in contact with a blue-green 2002 Dodge Stratus driven by a 54-year-old male U.S. citizen who resides in Bishop, Texas. A CBP officer's primary inspection resulted in the Dodge and its driver being referred to secondary for further examination. At secondary, CBP officers discovered eight packages hidden within the Dodge. CBP officers' inspection of the packages determined six packages to contain alleged cocaine with a total weight of 6.66 kilograms (14.7 pounds) and two of the packages were found to contain 2.12 kilograms (4.7 pounds) of alleged heroin.
The cocaine and heroin from these seizures has an estimated street value of approximately $1,535,600. CBP officers turned the men over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. In all cases CBP officers seized the narcotics and the two vehicles.
"It was a busy weekend for CBP officers in Brownsville; our officers continue to secure our borders and prevent these dangerous drugs from being brought into our communities. I congratulate Brownsville CBP officers for these outstanding interceptions and the arrest of these alleged smugglers," 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.