Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized 44.1 pounds of cocaine found hidden in a Dodge sedan. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $1,413,765.
On Nov. 2, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2009 Dodge Nitro sedan and its driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. from Mexico. After the initial primary inspection, the male driver and vehicle were referred to secondary for further inspection. While in secondary, CBP officers seized 19 packages allegedly containing cocaine found hidden within the vehicle. The Dodge sedan was seized by CBP as well.
The traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP port director, Hidalgo/Pharr said, "Our frontline officers are doing great work in securing our nation's borders by preventing this type of contraband from entering our country." Mancha further said, "So far this month, this is the second significant cocaine load intercepted at the Hidalgo International crossing."
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.