POSTED: Monday, May 6, 2013 - 3:34pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 8:22am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Custom and Border Protection intercepted two loads of cocaine valued at nearly $1.3 million at two different port of entries.
The seizures took place in separate cases during the first week of May, one at the Gateway International bridge and the second at the Brownsville/Matamoros port of entry.
In the first case, on May 1, officers at the Gateway International bridge encountered a gray 2004 Nissan Altima driven by a Mexican female, 33, and sent to a secondary inspection where eight packages hidden within a non-factory compartment, were discovered.
The packages were removed and tested positive for cocaine with a combined total weight of 19 pounds.
In the second case, on May 4, Matamoros officers at the Brownsville/Matamoros port of entry came in contact with brown 1990 Ford Grand Marquis driven by a Mexican female, 45, and sent her to a secondary inspection.
CBP officers discovered eight packages, of alleged cocaine, hidden within the vehicle and weighing approximately 20 pounds.
The seizures from both cases had a street value of $608,000 and $656,000. Officer seized the drugs and vehicles then turned over the women to Homeland Security Investigations.