Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at approximately $371,200 concealed within a Dodge Durango.
On Monday, August 30 at the Gateway International Bridge, CBP officers came in contact with a male driving a maroon 2000 Dodge Durango. The driver was identified as a 33-year-old male, his passenger, a 25-year-old female, both U.S. citizens who reside in Lewisville, Texas and Mesquite, Texas respectfully, were referred to secondary for further inspection. CBP officers in the secondary inspection area discovered 10 packages concealed within the Dodge Durango. CBP officers removed 10 packages from the vehicle which had a combined total weight of 5.25 kilograms (11.6 pounds) of cocaine.
The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $371,200. CBP officers turned the driver and passenger over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"Brownsville's primary CBP officers discovered this load of narcotics hidden within an SUV. I congratulate our officers for their outstanding work with this enforcement action," 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.