CBP officers seize nearly $429,000 in cocaine hidden in a Ford Focus
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted a load of alleged cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged cocaine, valued at approximately $428,800 hidden within a Ford Focus.
“I congratulate our CBP officers for this seizure and arrest at the Brownsville Port of Entry. This load was stopped by alert primary and secondary CBP officer working to protect our country every day,” said David Moreno, CBP acting Port Director, Brownsville.
On August 6, 2014 CBP officers working primary at Gateway International Bridge encountered a white 2005 Ford Focus being driven by a man. A CBP officer’s primary examination resulted in the vehicle, its male driver, identified as a 22-year-old Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered five hidden packages within the Focus. CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle which held a combined total weight of 13.4 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $428,800. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
CBP Field Operations at Brownsville Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.