ANZALDUAS, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at Anzalduas International Bridge seized cocaine and heroin valued at approximately $3,393,000 and arrested a Nuevo Leon, Mexico man in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt.
On Saturday afternoon, March 23, a Mexican model, white 2010 Honda City driven by a 31-year-old male Mexican citizen from Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon arrived and after presenting his Mexican passport with U.S. visa was referred to secondary for a more thorough examination. During the secondary inspection, officers discovered 38 packages containing alleged narcotics concealed within the vehicle of which 28, weighing approximately 26 pounds, tested positive for heroin and ten packages, weighing 24.78 pounds, tested positive for cocaine. Officers seized the heroin, which has an estimated street value of $2,6000,000, the cocaine valued at approximately $793,000, and the vehicle as well.
CBP-OFO arrested the adult male and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further investigation.
"Our officers made an excellent seizure of hard narcotics this weekend due to great teamwork and their outstanding commitment to help keep drugs from crossing our border," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "This failed drug smuggling attempt was shut down by our frontline officers and this seizure is a substantially significant interception at our international bridges."
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.