Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized 10.1 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $325,928 yesterday afternoon.
On Oct. 20, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 1999 Dodge pickup truck and its driver, a 26-year-old Mexican citizen from San Ysidro, California. A CBP officer referred the vehicle, male driver and a female passenger to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized seven packages containing cocaine that were found hidden within the pickup truck. The Dodge pickup truck was also seized by CBP.
The driver was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation. The female passenger was released and not arrested.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP port director, Hidalgo-Pharr said, " Our skilled and vigilant frontline officers are doing great enforcement work and continue working hard to interdict and prevent contraband from entering our country." Mancha further said, "I commend our cadre of officers for a job well done."
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.