BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Nearly $1 million in cocaine was discovered concealed in a passenger vehicle attempted to enter the United States from Mexico at a Texas border crossing on Saturday, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The discovery was made on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas.
There, CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers conducting enforcement operations referred a red 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee for secondary inspection. Utilizing non-intrusive imaging systems (NII) and a canine inspection, officers discovered 24 packages concealed within the Jeep.
The packages contained 122 pounds of cocaine which, according to CBP, has an estimated street value of $940,000.
“Our frontline CBP officers at the Port of Brownsville yet again affirmed their resolve to advance CBP’s border security mission and that commitment is reflected in this significant cocaine interception in the passenger vehicle environment,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.
The narcotics were seized by CBP and the case was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.