(Thursday, May 12, 2011)
Brownsville, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Brownsville Gateway International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at approximately $806,400 concealed within a Nissan Maxima on May 11.
CBP officers at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a man as he drove a 2011 maroon Nissan Maxima into the country. The driver, identified as a 34-year-old male U.S. citizen residing in Brownsville, Texas, was referred to secondary inspection for further examination. CBP officers in the secondary inspection area discovered ten packages of alleged cocaine concealed within the Nissan Maxima. CBP officers removed the suspect packages from the vehicle which had a combined weight of 25.2 pounds.
“The continued interception of narcotics demonstrates CBP’s unrelenting enforcement stance against drug smugglers. This is a noteworthy seizure and outstanding vigilance by Brownsville’s CBP officers,” said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville.
This alleged cocaine seizure had an estimated street value of approximately $806,400. CBP officers turned the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.