Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized 16.9 pounds of cocaine yesterday afternoon. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $541,802.
On Nov. 8, a CBP officer working primary vehicle inspections referred a 2002 Toyota Camry sedan and its driver, a 40-year-old, Mexican citizen from Bell Gardens, Calif. to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized six packages allegedly containing cocaine found hidden within the vehicle. The sedan was seized by CBP.
The male traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
"Our frontline officer working vehicle primary duties used his skills, knowledge, and other enforcement resources to refer this vehicle to secondary," said Hector A. Mancha, CBP Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr. "It was a great referral which resulted in the interception and seizure of a significant amount of cocaine."
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.