CBP Finds $600,000 Load of Cocaine

BROWNSVILLE–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge this weekend discovered cocaine valued at about $600,00 concealed in a Volkswagen Jetta.

CBP officers caught a man driving a gray 2001 Volkswagen Jetta Sunday as he approached the primary inspection station.

The driver, identified as a 27-year-old male from Matamoros, was escorted to secondary for further inspection after a CBP officer discovered undeclared packages hidden within the Jetta.

An examination by CBP officers in secondary revealed nine concealed packages with cocaine inside the Volkswagen.  CBP officers removed the packages from the vehicle and the drugs weighed out to 18.7 pounds.

The cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $598,400. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.

CBP officers turned the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

“Over a half million dollars worth of cocaine is off the streets of Brownsville thanks to CBP officers working towards the protection of our country on the frontline,” said Michael Freeman, CBP Port Director in Brownsville.

–South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

Read more at http://www.southtexastribune.com

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