ANZALDUAS, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Anzalduas International Bridge arrested a man from Aguascalientes, Mexico in connection with a failed drug smuggling attempt of $211,000 worth of alleged cocaine this weekend.
“Our officers are to be commended for their fine work and unparalleled attention to detail which is how they are able to notice anomalies within vehicles and travelers that subsequently lead to the discovery of illicit narcotics,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on April 29, at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge after a CBP officer referred a grey 2009 Volkswagen Bora driven by a 34-year-old male Mexican citizen for further inspection. During the secondary examination and with the use of a canine team, officers discovered 11 packages of alleged cocaine weighing just over 27 pounds hidden within the vehicle.
CBP seized the narcotics, the vehicle and arrested the driver who was turned over 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.