HIDALGO, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested two adult females after discovering alleged cocaine concealed on their person.
“This was truly a testament of our officers’ exceptional observational skills and outstanding attention to detail,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Great teamwork along with the ability to utilize all available resources, produced this compact but significant interception of hard narcotics.”
On Nov. 24, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a blue 1999 Ford Expedition with two female occupants. The driver, a 23-year-old United States citizen and passenger, a 27-year-old Legal Permanent Resident (LPR), both from Pharr, Texas were referred for a secondary examination. In the process of the inspection, CBP officers discovered that both women each had a package of suspected narcotics strapped to their bodies. Officers from CBP Field Operations removed and seized the two packages of alleged cocaine, which weighed approximately 5.12 pounds and have an estimated street value of $164,000. CBP seized the Ford Expedition as well.
CBP-OFO arrested the two women and subsequently released them to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
CBP’s Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.