BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted an alleged load of cocaine valued at approximately $1,305,728 hidden within a Chrysler Pacifica.
“Another significant load of alleged cocaine has been intercepted at the Gateway International Bridge by our frontline CBP officers. I congratulate our officers for their attention to details and for using their training to help prevent these loads of dangerous drugs from entering our country.” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
On Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Gateway International Bridge CBP officers came in contact with a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica being driven by a 28-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas. A primary CBP officer referred the Chrysler and its driver for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered eight packages hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 9.18 kilograms (20.2 pounds) of alleged cocaine from the Chrysler Pacifica.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,305,728. CBP officers arrested the driver and subsequently turned him over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.