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CBP Field Operations Seizes Close to $500K in Cocaine at the Hidalgo International Bridge

Release Date: 
January 13, 2016

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.

Packages containing 55.5 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo International Bridge

Packages containing 55.5 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo International Bridge

“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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017