Once again we heard yesterday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge, Texas port of entry, intercepted a 25-year old male U.S. citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, from smuggling in cocaine from Mexico.
On Sunday, September 22, at the Gateway International Bridge CBP officers came in contact with a 2006 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by the male U.S. citizen, who they directed to the secondary examination area. During the secondary inspection CBP officers discovered four packages hidden within the vehicle dashboard area. Officers removed the four packages which contained approximately 11.4 pounds of alleged cocaine. The alleged cocaine was estimated at a street value of approximately $332,800. CBP officers after turning the driver over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation, seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
In 2012 CBP officers seized 206,246 pounds of cocaine in attempted smuggling. Although their first priority is to prevent terrorist and terrorist weapons from entering the country; they are faced with the daily criminal activities of smuggling narcotics into the United States.
"Whether it’s 10 pounds or 100 pounds, our CBP officers remain ever vigilant. This alleged load of cocaine has been intercepted at the border thanks to the outstanding work by our frontline officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry. I applaud their work and their commitment to keeping our country safe from these dangerous drugs,” said Michael Freeman, CBP port director, Brownsville Port of Entry.