Hidalgo, Pharr, Texas - Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Hidalgo and Pharr International Bridges seized brown heroin and cocaine - in two separate, unrelated incidents - with a combined estimated street value of $2,777,000.
The first seizure occurred at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in the early morning on Oct. 30, when CBP Officers encountered a 2008 GMC Acadia driven by a 45-year-old male Mexican national from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The adult traveler and the vehicle were referred for inspection and officers discovered 29 packages of cocaine weighing approximately 69 pounds hidden in the vehicle. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $2,208,000.
The second seizure occurred on the same day at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge just before noon. A 42-year-old male Mexican national, a lawful permanent resident from Florida, appeared nervous as he arrived at the pedestrian lanes and he was referred to secondary for a more extensive inspection. Officers discovered six packages of brown heroin weighing approximately 5.69 pounds that were concealed within the traveler's luggage. The estimated street value of the heroin is $569,000.
CBP seized the narcotics in both incidents and the vehicle associated with the cocaine. The two adult male travelers were released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations HSI agents for further investigation.
"Once again our officers' astute sense of awareness and attention to detail has enabled us to make these two interceptions of hard narcotics," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "The ability to detect anomalies and unusual human behavior is how officers throughout CBP are able to deter smuggling attempts and assist in the fight against drugs."
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.