BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge intercepted alleged narcotics in two separate enforcement actions that have a combined estimated street value of $195,500.

“Our frontline officers remain committed to securing our borders amid the ongoing worldwide pandemic and these narcotics seizures are a testament to their dedication,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.

Packages containing 18.65 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville.
Packages containing 18.65 pounds of cocaine seized
by CBP officers at Gateway International Bridge in
Brownsville, Texas.

The first seizure took place on Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 34-year-old male United States citizen from Arlington, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a white 2010 Chrysler 300.  The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection.  In secondary, with the aid of a canine unit, CBP officers discovered three packages hidden within the Chrysler 300.  CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 6.7 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The second seizure took place on Thursday, Nov. 5, also at the Gateway International Bridge when a 26-year-old male United States citizen from Brownsville, Texas, applied for entry into the United States driving a white 2013 Chrysler 300.  The vehicle was referred to CBP secondary for further examination after a primary inspection.  In secondary, with the aid of a non-intrusive imaging system (NII), CBP officers discovered eight packages hidden within the Chrysler 300.  CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 18.65 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizures is approximately $51,680 and $143,820 respectively.

CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

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