Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge Port of Entry seized $644,285 in unreported bulk U.S. currency and more than $17,000 in cocaine in separate, unrelated enforcement actions.
The first seizure took place on Wednesday, Sept. 5, when CBP officers working at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge came in contact with a 42-year-old male and another 40-year-old male, both United States citizens from Brownsville, Texas, and a passenger in the same vehicle who were selected for a routine outbound inspection. With the aid of a non-intrusive inspection system and a canine unit, CBP officers discovered multiple packages of bulk U.S. currency totaling $644,285 hidden within the vehicle.
The second seizure took place on Friday, Sept. 7, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 41-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States and was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered a package hidden under the man’s clothing. CBP officers removed the package, which contained a total of 2.23 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of $17,170.
“Our CBP officers did an outstanding job in taking down this significant load of bulk currency and a body-carried load of cocaine in back-to-back seizures,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Their vigilance and experience were key factors in their successful interceptions.”
CBP officers seized the currency and narcotics, arrested the travelers and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.