Brownsville, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at more than $1.1 million hidden within a Ford F-150.
On Tuesday, at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, CBP officers encountered a 2002 Ford F-150 Crew Cab being driven by a 48-year-old male citizen of Houston. At primary a CBP officer referred the Ford for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered 14 packages hidden within the F-150. CBP officers removed the 14 packages containing approximately 34.7 pounds of cocaine.
The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,110,400. CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
“The seizure of this load of alleged cocaine will keep it from reaching our communities thanks to the great work by our frontline CBP officers. I applaud our CBP officers for their vigilance in the detection of these dangerous drugs and for keeping our country safe,” said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
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.