U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted a load of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of nearly $300,000.
“I congratulate our CBP officers for their unwavering commitment in carrying out the CBP mission by keeping harmful substances from entering our nation,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The seizure took place on Wednesday, Mar. 20 at the Gateway International Bridge when CBP officers referred a gray, 2012 Mazda 3 sedan for a secondary examination. . Upon inspection of the vehicle, with the use of non-intrusive imaging technology (NII) and a CBP narcotics detector canine, CBP officers discovered 16 packages containing a total of 38 pounds of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $292,700.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.