BROWNVILLE, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge intercepted a suspected cocaine load worth approximately $314,965 hidden in a 2012 Jeep.
“Our mission is to facilitate legitimate trade and travel while maintaining a strong enforcement posture and this seizure is a product of our officers’ dedication to our mission,” Port Director Tater Ortiz told the Port of entrance to Brownsville.
The seizure occurred Friday, September 16 at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge when a 42-year-old Mexican citizen residing in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico attempted to enter the United States driving a 2012 Jeep. vehicle was returned to secondary CBP for further examination after a primary inspection. While in the secondary inspection area, using a non-intrusive inspection (NII) system and a canine unit, CBP officers discovered 10 packages hidden in the vehicle. CBP officers removed the packages which contained a total of 23.58 pounds of suspected cocaine.
The estimated street value of the cocaine seized is approximately $314,965.
CBP officers seized the narcotics with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
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