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CBP at Hidalgo International Bridge Finds Marijuana Hidden in Tires

Release Date: 
January 18, 2011

Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized 101.9 pounds of marijuana Friday afternoon. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $81,587.

On Jan.14, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2004 Chevy Avalanche and its female driver, a 26-year-old U.S. citizen from Houston, Texas. A four-year-old girl accompanied the traveler. After the initial primary inspection, a CBP officer referred the vehicle, driver and passenger to secondary for further inspection.

The bundles of compressed marijuana were hidden in the tires.

In secondary, officers seized 16 compressed packages of alleged marijuana from the vehicle's four tires. CBP officers seized the Chevy Avalanche as well. The minor child was released to a family relative.

The female driver was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

Hector A. Mancha, CBP port director for Hidalgo/Pharr said, "Our frontline officers are doing great work in screening travelers and are making excellent use of our enforcement resources, such as our K-9 units and X-Ray systems. I commend them for their roles in seizing this significant amount of narcotics."

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017