Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at over $419,200 hidden within a Jeep Cherokee.
On Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, CBP officers came in contact with a green 1996 Jeep Cherokee being driven by an 18-year-old man, identified as a Mexico citizen and resident of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After a primary inspection, a CBP officer referred the Jeep for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the SUV. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 5.92 kilograms (13.1 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $419,200. CBP officers turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"A well trained force on the frontline has stopped this load of alleged cocaine from being introduced into the country. I applaud the outstanding work our officers undertake every day and for their continued 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.