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Records: CBP officers find 11 pounds of cocaine inside vehicle's dashboard

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized five packages of cocaine, weighing 11.9 pounds, at the Gateway International Bridge on Monday, Dec. 4, according to a news release. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

CBP officers say they found 11 pounds of cocaine at the Gateway International Bridge on Monday — concealed within a vehicle's dashboard, according to a federal criminal complaint.

The seizure occurred after 36-year-old Alberto Loza De La Rosa of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, was referred to secondary inspection. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they found five packages of cocaine "concealed within a non-factor compartment within the vehicle's dashboard area," according to a federal criminal complaint.

Officers seized the cocaine and the vehicle and arrested De La Rosa, who remains in federal custody, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimates the seizure has a street value of approximately $91,800, according to the news release.

Brownsville Port of Entry director Petra Horne said in the news release:

“Once again our officers’ keen observation skills have proven effective in preventing these dangerous narcotics from entering our country. I congratulate our officers on a job well done.”


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