Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized approximately 26.5 pounds of cocaine early Wednesday morning. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $850,799.
On August 24, a CBP officer working at the Hidalgo International Bridge referred a 2003 Nissan Sentra sedan and its female driver, to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, the northbound female was identified as a 23-year-old Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. During an examination of her vehicle, officers seized 11 packages of alleged cocaine that were found hidden within the vehicle's dashboard area. The vehicle was also seized by CBP.
The female traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
Efrain Solis Jr., acting CBP port director, Hidalgo/Pharr said, "Our frontline officers continue their work to prevent contraband and dangerous hard narcotics from entering our country." Solis further said, "I commend our 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.