HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Anzalduas International Bridge discovered 7.40 pounds of alleged cocaine amid the steady flow of Halloween night traffic.
“The safety of our nation is paramount. CBP does not sleep, we remain vigilant and steadfast in carrying out CBP’s border security mission on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year, holidays and weekends,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Halloween, Oct. 31, at the Anzalduas International Bridge after CBP officers referred a white 2007 Chevrolet Cheyenne to secondary for inspection. The truck was driven by a 21-year-old female Mexican citizen from Escobedo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. After a physical inspection of the truck, the use of a non-intrusive imaging system inspection (NII) and the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered six packages allegedly containing approximately 7.40 pounds of cocaine. The narcotics carry an estimated street value of $57,120.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned her over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) 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.