ANZALDUAS, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Anzalduas International Bridge seized $1,603,000 worth of cocaine which they found within a car belonging to a woman from Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
“Our CBP officers outstanding ability to work in tandem as a team and with the use of all available tools and resources were able to accomplish this formidable interception of hard narcotics, thus keeping these dangerous drugs out of our communities,” said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 16 at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers came in contact with a 29-year-old woman driving a white 2010 Volkswagen Bora. A CBP officer referred her to secondary for further inspection after she presented her Mexican border-crossing card and during the course of the examination, and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers located packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the Volkswagen sedan. CBP officers removed and seized 20 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 22.73 kilograms (50.11 lbs.) and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP arrested the adult female and she was ultimately released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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.