HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man in connection with the discovery of $428,000 worth of alleged cocaine within the Nissan minivan he was driving.
“Our canine partners are an invaluable asset in accomplishing the enforcement mission within CBP Field Operations,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Having these four-legged officers within our workforce allows us to pinpoint areas of interest and focus on discovering illicit narcotics, in private or commercial vehicles.”
The seizure occurred on Jan. 11, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers referred a silver 2005 Nissan Quest minivan for secondary inspection. With the use of a canine team and all available tools and resources, officers discovered 18 packages of alleged cocaine, which weighed approximately 55.5 pounds hidden within the minivan. CBP OFO seized the narcotics and the vehicle as well.
CBP OFO arrested the 31-year-old Reynosa resident who was subsequently 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.