HIDALGO, Texas— U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges seized $561,340 in alleged cocaine that was detected in two separate, unrelated incidents this weekend.
“Once again, our frontline officers have demonstrated their commitment towards the CBP mission of keeping dangerous drugs from crossing our international borders,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “By working as a team and utilizing all available tools and resources, our officers accomplished these outstanding interceptions of hard narcotics.”
The first incident occurred on July 9 at the Hidalgo International Bridge after CBP officers referred a silver 2008 Dodge Caliber to secondary for inspection. The car was driven by an 18-year-old female Mexican citizen from Reynosa. After a physical inspection of the vehicle, with the use of a non-intrusive imaging system (NII) and the assistance of a canine team, CBP officers discovered 15 packages allegedly containing approximately 34.92 pounds of cocaine. The alleged narcotics carried an estimated street value of $269,280.
The second incident occurred on the same date, at the Anzalduas International Bridge, after CBP officers referred a white 2011 Nissan Altima to secondary for inspection. The car was driven by a 46-year-old male Mexican citizen from San Nicolas, Nuevo Leon. After a physical inspection of the vehicle, with the use of a non-intrusive imaging system (NII) and the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered 15 packages allegedly containing approximately 37.88 pounds of cocaine. The alleged narcotics carried an estimated street value of $292,060.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested both drivers, and turned them 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.