HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 22-year-old woman from Hidalgo, Texas after discovering over 24 pounds of cocaine concealed within the vehicle she was driving.
“I commend our frontline officers for their dedication and commitment towards the interdiction of illegal narcotics, helping CBP Field Operations continue with our mission of hindering this illicit flow of dangerous drugs at the border,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Dec. 5, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after a CBP officer referred a gray 2010 Mazda CX7 SUV for further inspection. With the assistance of a (canine team), a thorough secondary examination resulted in the discovery of nine packages of alleged cocaine that were concealed within the SUV. CBP OFO seized the narcotics valued at $188,000 and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP OFO arrested the Hidalgo resident and subsequently turned her over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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