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Officers seize 12 pounds of cocaine at Gateway International Bridge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 12 pounds of cocaine at the Gateway International Bridge Thursday, according to a news release. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 12 pounds of cocaine Thursday at the Gateway International Bridge, according to a news release.

When a 32-year-old Brownsville man attempted to cross the bridge from Mexico in a tan 2007 Mazda 3, officers referred him for secondary inspection.

With the help of a K9 unit, officers found five packages of cocaine hidden inside the vehicle, totaling 12 pounds.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimate the seizure at a value of approximately $92,480.

Brownsville Port of Entry Port Director Petra Horne stated in the news release:

“We continue to carry out our mission of keeping our borders secure. This seizure is an important one which keeps these dangerous drugs from reaching our streets and I thank our officers for their efforts.”

Officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle, and arrested the driver, who is in federal custody for further investigation.

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