CBP Officers Seize More then $17,000 in Cocaine at Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the B&M International Bridge seized a load of cocaine. CBP officers discovered the narcotics, valued at about $17,680, hidden within a silver 2004 Saturn Vue.

“Every seizure is significant when keeping dangerous drug off our streets,” said Port Director Petra Horne, Brownsville Port of Entry. “I thank our CBP Officers for their diligence and commitment to our mission.”

The seizure took place on Monday, July 11, at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge when a 23-year-old male United States citizen, who resides in Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a silver 2004 Saturn Vue. The driver was referred to CBP secondary for further examination. With the help of a non-intrusive imaging system which detected irregularities within the vehicle and a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered a package hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed the package which contained a total of 2.3 pounds of cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is about $17,680.

CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

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