Posted: Jan 8, 2014 1:57 PM
Updated: Jan 8, 2014 5:01 PM
BROWNSVILLE - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized cocaine valued at approximately $648,000 at the Brownsville Gateway International Bridge. It was discovered in a car driven by a Matamoros man.
"Our frontline officers accomplished this excellent interception of hard narcotics due to great teamwork and resiliency," said Michael Freeman, port director, Brownsville Port of Entry.
"This exemplifies the outstanding commitment towards the CBP mission in helping keep dangerous drugs out of our communities."
The seizure occurred on Tuesday afternoon, January 7, after CBP officers working at the Gateway International Bridge encountered a 26-year-old man, who is a Mexican national, driving a gray 2008 Honda Odyssey.
A CBP officer referred the driver and vehicle to secondary are for a more thorough inspection.
During the course of the examination, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the Odyssey.
CBP removed and seized eight packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 9.18 kilograms (20.24 lbs.) and seized the car as well.
CBP arrested the man and he was then released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further investigation.