BROWNSVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry seized narcotics in two separate enforcement actions with a combined estimated street value of $809,710.
“As these two significant enforcement actions aptly illustrate, our frontline CBP officers use multiple enforcement tools and methods to help them carry out the mission of securing our borders and preventing these dangerous narcotics from coming in,” said (A) Port Director Bob Parker, Brownsville Port of Entry.READ MORE: Family Battles Scarborough Renaissance Festival And Texas Law Over Sexual Assault On Fairgrounds
The first seizure happened on May 20, at the Gateway International Bridge when a 29-year-old female United States citizen from Brownsville applied for entry into the United States driving a 2012 Volkswagen. The car was referred for further examination after a primary inspection. In secondary, with the aid of a canine unit, CBP officers discovered 15 packages hidden within the vehicle. They removed the packages, which contained a total of 35.25 pounds of alleged cocaine.READ MORE: Teen Jeremiah Tabb Arrested While In Summer School In Connection To Downtown Austin Shooting
The second seizure happened on May 26, at the Veterans International Bridge when a 27-year-old male Mexican citizen from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States driving a 2013 Freightliner. With the aid of a non-intrusive imaging system and a canine unit, CBP officers discovered 29 packages hidden within the 2013 Freightliner. They removed the packages, which contained a total of 69.75 pounds of alleged cocaine.
The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizures is approximately $271,830 and $537,880.MORE NEWS: Heated Debate Over Leadership Positions During New Dallas Council's First Meeting
CBP officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.