Photos Show Over $1.6 Million Worth of Cocaine Seized at Texas Border

Recently released photos captured over $1.6 million worth of cocaine that was seized by authorities at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.

"Triple play: #CBP officers at #Brownsville Port of Entry seize $1.6M in cocaine in three separate enforcement actions. Drivers arrested," U.S. Customs and Border Protection South Texas wrote in a tweet with the three different photos showing dozens of sealed packages containing cocaine.

In a press release, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said that the first seizure incident occurred on February 10 when border officials working at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge encountered a 48-year-old female attempting to gain entry into the U.S. According to CBP, the woman is a U.S. citizen from Texas.

While at the bridge, CBP officers conducted a primary inspection of the woman's 2010 Ford but eventually referred her for a secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers used canine units and discovered three packages hidden within the woman's vehicle.

"CBP officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 6.76 pounds of alleged cocaine," the press release said.

A day later, CBP officers encountered a 27-year-old male U.S. citizen attempting to cross the border into the U.S. at the Veterans International Bridge. Following a primary inspection, CBP officers used a canine unit again, as well as a non-intrusive imaging system on the male's 2011 Ford. While conducting the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered 10 packages of alleged cocaine hidden inside the suspect's vehicle. According to CBP, the packages contained 22.35 pounds of the suspected narcotic.

The third seizure occurred on February 12, officials encountered a 32-year-old male Mexican citizen and a 40-year-old female Mexican citizen attempting to gain entry into the U.S. at the Los Indios International Bridge. Utilizing a canine unit and the non-intrusive imaging system once again, CBP officers discovered 77 packages, containing 187.70 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden within the suspect's 2015 Ford.

According to CBP, the estimated street value of the three different seizures was approximately $52,190, $172,380, and $1,447,380 respectively, totaling $1,671,950 worth of alleged cocaine. CBP officers arrested each of the travelers and transferred them to the custody of special agents with Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

"Our officers remain committed to keeping our borders secure and using their experience and keen observation skills to discover these dangerous drugs and keep them from reaching our streets," Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry said in the press release.

This is not the first time CBP officers in Texas have made a narcotics seizure of this quantity. In early January, CBP officers at the Hidalgo port of entry intercepted a total of $1.5 million worth of cocaine and fentanyl in two separate incidents.

Newsweek reached out to CBP for comment.

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Customs and Border Protection officers recently seized over $1.6 million worth of cocaine across three separate incidents at the Texas border. Here, a migrant man discusses paperwork with a border patrol officer after he crossed the Rio Grande into the U.S. on November 17, 2021 in La Joya, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty