Hidalgo, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico after discovering cocaine valued at approximately $620,000 hidden within the vehicle he was driving.
“We continue to see these compact quantities of hard narcotics being concealed within vehicles attempting to cross the border,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “This illustrates the efforts by drug smuggling organizations to introduce these illicit drugs and further demonstrates our frontline officers’ ability to stay on top of these smuggling trends.”
The incident occurred on Tuesday morning, February 11, 2014 after a white 2000 Volkswagen Jetta arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. The driver, a 34-year-old male Mexican citizen presented his Mexican border-crossing card to a CBP officer who then referred him to secondary for further inspection. Officers utilizing all available tools and resources, including the vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the Jetta. CBP removed and seized eight packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 8.78 kilograms (19.36 lbs.) and seized the Volkswagen as well.
CBP arrested the adult male and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further investigation.
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.