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      Matamoros man jailed after $500,000 of cocaine found in his car

      Six bundles of cocaine seized // Customs and Border Protection Photo

      A Matamoros man is behind bars after authorities allegedly found close to $500,000 worth of cocaine hidden in his car.

      U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested Prospero Contreras-Vera on federal drug charges on Wednesday.

      Contreras-Vera and his wife drove up from Mexico at Brownsville TMs Gateway International Bridge in a white 2007 Chrysler Sebring.

      Customs officers sent him to secondary inspection where authorities allegedly found six packages with 15.5 pounds of cocaine worth $496,000 dollars in the rocker panels of his car.

      Contreras-Vera TMs wife, who is not facing charges, was allowed to return to Mexico but customs officers seized their car and arrested him.

      The Matamoros man told customs officers that he was supposed to get paid $2,000 to deliver the drugs to the American side of the border.

      Contreras-Vera man appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio in Brownsville on Thursday morning.

      Court records show that Contreras-Vera is a Mexican national who lives in Matamoros.

      Judge Recio denied bond for Contreras-Vera until a Monday afternoon hearing.