Nearly $1.4 million in cocaine seized at Brownsville port of entry
POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 11:47am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 8:36am
BROWNSVILLE, TX — 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 $1,398,400, hidden within a Chevrolet Tracker.
“This is another large load of alleged cocaine intercepted at our international bridges in Brownsville. This load of dangerous drugs was stopped and will not reach the streets of our communities. For that reason I applaud our officers for the outstanding work they do every day to protect our country,” said David Moreno, CBP acting Port Director, Brownsville.
On July 11, CBP officers working inspections at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a 2004 Chevy Tracker being driven by a woman. A CBP officer’s primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its female driver, identified as a 32-year-old female and her 10-year-old daughter, both United States citizens who reside in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered 18 hidden packages within the Tracker. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which held a combined total weight of 43.7 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,398,400. CBP officers seized the narcotics, vehicle, and turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. The driver’s 10-year-old daughter was turned over to family members.
CBP’s Brownsville Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.