U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize Over $774,000 in Cocaine at Brownsville Port of Entry
Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge on Monday seized cocaine valued at approximately $774,400, during a routine vehicle inspection of an Isuzu Trooper.
On August 13, at Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, a CBP officer came in contact with a 1998 Isuzu Trooper being driven by a man identified as a 40-year-old Mexican citizen from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A primary CBP officer's inspection of the Isuzu resulted in the vehicle and its sole occupant being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. During the secondary examination, CBP officers discovered discrepancies to the rear of the vehicle. CBP officers' examination of the Trooper revealed ten packages containing a total of 24.2 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden in the floor of the Isuzu Trooper.
The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $774.400.
CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
"Day in and day out, rain or shine, CBP officers continue to stop dangerous drugs from entering our country. I thank our officers for the work they undertake each day, all for the continued protection of our homeland," said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.