CBP officers seize nearly $410,000 in cocaine at port of entry
POSTED: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 10:35am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 8:47am
BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge this weekend discovered cocaine valued at approximately $409,600 hidden within a Chrysler PT Cruiser.
“This load of narcotics has been stopped by our frontline CBP officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry. I congratulate our CBP officers for their attentiveness and alertness as they continue to protect our country’s borders,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
On Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Gateway International Bridge CBP officers came in contact with a Chrysler PT Cruiser being driven by a 24-year-old male citizen of Mexico who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A primary CBP officer referred the Chrysler and its driver for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered five packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the five packages containing approximately 5.80 kilograms (12.8 pounds) of alleged cocaine from the Chrysler PT Cruiser.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $409,600. CBP officers arrested the driver and subsequently turned the him over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.