HIDALGO, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized cocaine valued at more than $1.5 million and arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt.
The incident occurred on Wednesday morning, March 20, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. A CBP officer referred a blue 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup truck driven by a 49-year-old male Mexican citizen for a secondary inspection utilizing the vehicle X-ray system. A subsequent in-depth examination revealed packages of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle and officers extracted 20 packages weighing approximately 22.84 kilograms (50.35 pounds). CBP seized the cocaine, which has an estimated street value of $1,611,000 and the vehicle as well.
CBP arrested the adult male and then released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"This was an outstanding collaborative effort from our officers through their ability to utilize all available tools and resources," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Having intercepted these dangerous drugs coming across the border has enabled us at CBP to help keep our communities safer."
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.