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Tuesday February 5, 2013

62-Year-Old Narco Smuggler Caught with $541,000 Worth of Coke

62-Year-Old Narco Smuggler Caught with $541,000 Worth of Coke

Photo: Coke seized at Border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville discovered cocaine valued at approximately $540,800 hidden within a GMC Sierra.

On Feb. 4, at the Gateway International Bridge, CBP officers came in contact with a 1996 GMC Sierra being driven by a 62-year-old man, identified as a Mexican citizen and resident of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A CBP officer referred the GMC for a secondary examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered seven packages hidden within the pickup. CBP officers removed the packages containing approximately 16.9 pounds of alleged cocaine.

The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $540,800. CBP officers turned the driver over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.