Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at approximately $1.74 million hidden within a BMW Mini Cooper.
On Thursday, August 5, 2010, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, a CBP officer's primary inspection of a gray 2002 BMW Mini Cooper resulted in the vehicle and its driver being referred for a secondary examination. The vehicle's driver was identified as a 26-year-old male, Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. At secondary, CBP officers discovered hidden packages within the Mini Cooper. CBP officers removed a total of 22 packages from the BMW with a combined total weight of 24.70 kilograms (54.5 pounds) of cocaine.
The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1.74 million. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents for further investigation.
"Our primary CBP officers' vigilance and CBP's continual training has resulted in the interception of these dangerous narcotics. I applaud our officers for their commitment to the protection of our country," 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.