HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted $257,000 worth of alleged cocaine from a Pasadena, Texas man as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
“Our frontline officers detected these hard narcotics as a result of their continued vigilance and dedication to the CBP mission,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Being able to help keep dangerous drugs out of our communities is one of the many priorities within Field Operations.”
The seizure occurred on April 21, after CBP officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 67-year-old male, legal permanent resident from the Houston area. After referring the traveler and the red 2006 Ford Escape he was driving for further inspection and with the use of a canine team K9 , officers discovered 15 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 33 pounds within the SUV.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the vehicle and arrested the Houstonian, who 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.