HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a man after seizing $358,000 worth of alleged cocaine.
“I commend our frontline CBP officers on this interception of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Keeping illicit drugs from entering our country is one of our key missions.”
The incident occurred on May 21, at the Hidalgo International Bridge after a 30-year-old man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico arrived in a silver 2010 Dodge Journey. CBP officers inspected the vehicle, and with the use of a non-intrusive imaging inspection system (NII), CBP officers discovered 20 packages of alleged cocaine within the vehicle. A total of 46 pounds of alleged cocaine, valued at $358,000, were seized by CBP.
CBP Field Operations arrested the Mexican national and he was subsequently 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.