Authorities: Over $1.5 million in alleged cocaine seized near Brownsville

Authorities: Over $1.5 million in alleged cocaine seized near Brownsville

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Authorities: Over $1.5 million in alleged cocaine seized near Brownsville

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by Andrew Delgado / Kens5.com

kvue.com

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a shipment of alleged cocaine, valued at over $1.5 million at the Los Indios International Bridge, located about 24 miles from Brownsville, Texas.

The discovery came Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, after CBP officers referred a 29-year-old Mexican citizen driving a white 2012 Ford Edge for secondary inspection.

CBP officers found 19 packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the vehicle, weighing approximately 22.24 kilograms.

“This large load of alleged cocaine was intercepted by our CBP officers using the training and observational skills on the frontline,” Michael Freeman said. Freeman is the Brownsville Port of Entry Port Director.

The seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1,568,000, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

CBP officers arrested the driver and seized the narcotics and the vehicle.

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