HIDALGO, TEXAS – Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge discovered $2,686,000 worth of cocaine in a Honda minivan driven by a man from Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
“Our officers accomplished this outstanding interception of hard narcotics that were in the process of being introduced into our communities. But, due to our officers’ diligence and great commitment to our mission, these drugs will no longer make it to their destination,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The seizure occurred at noon on Saturday, April 12, after CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a white 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan driven by a 39-year-old male Mexican citizen. After the driver presented his Mexican border-crossing card, he was referred to secondary for further examination; it was there that officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the minivan. CBP-OFO removed and seized 33 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 83.95 lbs. and seized the Honda as well.
CBP-OFO arrested the male traveler and ultimately released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special 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.