Seized almost $1M in narcotics and arrested imposter.
HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized $959,691 worth of alleged cocaine and methamphetamine in separate, unrelated incidents as well as the arrest of an imposter.
“Our officers have once again prevented a substantial amount of hard narcotics from getting to their intended destination,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Preventing undocumented persons and illegal narcotics from entering the country is part of the CBP Mission, it is our duty to keep the homeland safe.”
On Saturday June 3, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a 24-year-old male United States citizen from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico driving a white 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle was referred for further inspection and with the assistance of a canine team and a the use of a non-intrusive imagining inspection (NII), CBP officers discovered 12 packages containing a total of 27.60 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the vehicle. The alleged narcotics carry an estimated street value of $552,031.
The second incident occurred the same day but at the Anzalduas International Bridge after CBP officers referred a silver 2013 Toyota Corolla to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 37-year-old female Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. After a physical inspection of the vehicle, the use of a non-intrusive imaging inspection (NII) and the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered 20 packages allegedly containing approximately 52.86 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $407,660.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
The same day, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a 27-year-old female from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico as she arrived at the border crossing as a pedestrian. The female presented a laser visa, a primary CBP officer noted discrepancies to the visa and referred the female pedestrian to CBP secondary for a further examination. In secondary, checks of a national data system revealed the laser visa as being issued to another person and not the female presenting it as an entry document.
CBP officers seized the document and the female was taken into custody and charged with immigration violations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.