HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Pharr International Bridges arrested a man and woman after detecting $742,000 worth of alleged cocaine and methamphetamine concealed within the vehicles they were driving.
“These two separate, unrelated seizures of hard narcotics truly exemplify the resiliency and dedication of our frontline officers to help keep these dangerous drugs from crossing our borders,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The first seizure occurred on Dec. 7 after CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge referred a red 2007 Ford Ranger pickup for a secondary examination. During the inspection, officers detected packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the pickup driven by the 35-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. CBP OFO removed and seized five packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 13 pounds which carry an estimated street value of $98,000.
The following day, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge, CBP officers referred a 39-year-old female U.S. citizen from Center, Texas driving a silver 2002 Honda Accord for further inspection. With the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered and seized 24 packages of alleged methamphetamine that was hidden within the Accord. CBP OFO seized the 46 pounds of narcotics that are worth approximately $644,000.
In both cases, CBP OFO seized the vehicles and arrested the drivers who were 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.