CBP officers seize over $451,000 in cocaine at Brownsville port of entry

CBP officers seize over $451,000 in cocaine at Brownsville port of entry
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 2:30pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged cocaine, valued at approximately $451,200, hidden within a Chevrolet Lumina.

“I commend our officers for this outstanding seizure and arrest at the Brownsville Port of Entry. Whether the alleged smuggler has a small load or a large one, our CBP officers will stay focused and remain ever vigilant in furtherance of our critical mission at our country’s frontline,” said David Moreno, CBP acting Port Director, Brownsville.

On June 18, CBP officers working primary at Gateway International Bridge encountered a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina being driven by a man. A CBP officer’s primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its male driver, identified as a 24-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered six hidden packages within the Lumina. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which held a combined total weight of 14.1 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $451,200. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

CBP Field Operations at Brownsville Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.


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