HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted $174,420 worth of alleged cocaine from two brothers as they attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
“This seizure represents the commitment and dedication of our CBP officers in keeping our country secure,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “I congratulate our CBP officers for their continued diligence which led to this seizure of hard narcotics.”
The seizure occurred on Aug. 5 after CBP officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered two Mexican citizen brothers, ages 21 and 23, from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After referring the brothers and the white 2010 Chevy Malibu they were driving for further inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system, which led to the discovery of 10 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 22.62 pounds hidden within the car.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the brothers, and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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