Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized 18.1 pounds of Mexican white heroin with an estimated street value of $581,308.00 yesterday afternoon.
On June 17, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The driver was identified as a 45-year-old U.S. citizen from Chicago, Illinois. After the initial primary examination, the vehicle and driver were referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized seven packages of Mexican white heroin that were found hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers seized the heroin and the vehicle.
The northbound traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for further investigation.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP port director said, "I commend our frontline officers for their great enforcement work and for their roles in intercepting and seizing this large amount of heroin." Mancha further said, "Our mission is to secure our nation's borders and this is an example of the work our officers do to protect our communities and country."
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.