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Tuesday April 10, 2012

31 Pounds of Coke Seized at Texas Border, $1 Million Street Value

31 Pounds of Coke Seized at Texas Border, $1 Million Street Value

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Anzalduas/Reynosa International Bridge seized approximately 31 pounds worth of cocaine on Thursday. The estimated street value of the cocaine is just over $1,000,000.

On April 5, a gray 2004 Nissan Maxima driven by a 30-year-old male Mexican national from Monterrey, N.L., Mexico arrived at the Anzalduas International Bridge. The driver presented his border crossing card to the CBP officer and was referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary officers discovered and seized 13 packages weighing approximately 14.22 kilograms (31.35) pounds of alleged cocaine that were hidden within a compartment in the bumper area of the vehicle. CBP seized the vehicle as well.

In another unrelated incident at the same border crossing, CBP officers encountered a 29-year-old male Mexican national attempting to enter the United States by allegedly presenting a U.S. birth certificate and driver’s license issued from the state of Tennessee. The male traveler was referred to secondary for further document review and it was there that officers discovered that the birth certificate was not legitimate, and that the traveler was in fact a Mexican national without documents to enter or reside in the United States.