Hidalgo, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a San Antonio, Texas man after officers discovered $473,000 worth of cocaine within the vehicle he was driving.
“A compact but significant interception of hard narcotics was accomplished by our CBP Officers which was initiated by excellent initial questioning methods, followed by great inspectional techniques,” said Efrain Sols Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Although not substantially quantitative, these dangerous drugs will be kept off our streets and possibly out of reach of our country’s youth.”
On Monday evening, Dec. 9, a beige Ford F-150 pickup truck arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge and the driver, a 21-year-old United States citizen presented a State of Texas issued driver’s license along with a U.S. birth certificate. A CBP officer referred him and the vehicle to secondary for further inspection and during the course of the examination, and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the pickup truck. Nine packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately just over 14 pounds along with the Ford F-150 were seized by CBP.
CBP arrested the adult male and then released him 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.