HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted $394,740 worth of alleged cocaine from a woman as she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
“Our officers did an exceptional job in seizing these dangerous narcotics,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Keeping our borders and communities safe is something that our officers take very seriously.”
The seizure occurred on Oct. 27, at the Hidalgo International Bridge after CBP officers referred a white 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 38-year-old female Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After a physical inspection of the vehicle, the use of a non-intrusive imaging inspection (NII) and the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered 21 packages allegedly containing approximately 51 pounds of cocaine.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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