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Texas CBP agents seize over $1 million in cocaine inside trailer

July 5, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas CBP agents seize over $1 million in cocaine inside trailer

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations agents assigned to the Progreso/Donna Port of Entry in Texas seized 165 pounds of cocaine last Wednesday.

On June 27th, Border agents working at the Progreso International Bridge cargo facility noticed an International tractor pulling an empty flatbed trailer.

The driver was a 23-year-old Mexican citizen from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release.

During a routine x-ray inspection, an officer noticed anomalies within the cab of the trailer and referred it for a secondary inspection. During the secondary examination, CBP agents found 60 packages of cocaine weighing 165 pounds.

The narcotics are worth approximately $1,277,380.

CBP seized the drugs and the tractor-trailer. The driver was taken into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

“The seizure of this significant amount of narcotics is a result of the layered enforcement strategies implemented by CBP,” Port Director Walter Weaver stated. “I commend the officers for their vigilance and dedication in keeping narcotics from entering the country, and keeping communities safe.”

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