ANZALDUAS, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Anzalduas International Bridge intercepted $636,820 worth of alleged cocaine from a woman as she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
“Keeping these dangerous drugs off our streets is paramount for the safety and well-being of our communities,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Our country was not exposed to these drugs thanks to the vigilance, dedication and hard work of our CBP officers.”
The seizure occurred on Aug. 11 after CBP officers at the Anzalduas International Bridge encountered a 37-year-old woman from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After referring the gold 2006 Chevy Malibu she was driving for further inspection, CBP officers utilized available tools; a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system and the assistance of a canine team, which led to the discovery of 32 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 82.59 pounds hidden within the car.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the woman, and turned her over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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