Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at over $467,000 hidden within a Nissan Armada.
On Monday, May 6, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, CBP officers came in contact with a white 2010 Nissan Armada being driven by a 43-year-old man, identified as a Mexican citizen and resident of Brownsville, Texas. A primary inspection by CBP officers resulted in the Nissan and its driver being referred for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered six packages hidden within the Armada. CBP officers removed the six packages from the Nissan which contained approximately 6.62 kilograms (14.6 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $467,200. CBP officers arrested and turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"I thank our CBP officers for their work ethic, their dedication to our mission and to the safety of our citizenry. I applaud our officers for this outstanding seizure and arrest," 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.