HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized $526,867 worth of alleged cocaine and methamphetamine in separate, unrelated incidents.
“Three narcotic interceptions in one day is an exceptional example of the diligence our officers display and their commitment to the CBP mission,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Processing legitimate trade and travel while intercepting narcotics is part of our daily duties.”
On Tuesday July 25, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a 30-year-old male United States citizen from Timberville, Va. traveling as a passenger in a 2001 Nissan Tsuri taxicab. After referring him for further inspection and with the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered six packages allegedly containing approximately 6.87 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a backpack. The narcotics carry an estimated street value of $137,567.
The second incident occurred the same day at the Hidalgo International Bridge after CBP officers referred a white 2011 Volkswagen Jetta to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 24-year-old woman and was accompanied by a 22-year old man, both United States citizens from Mission, Texas. After a physical inspection of the vehicle, and the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered 10 packages allegedly containing approximately 23.58 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $181,900.
The same day CBP officers assigned at the Pharr International Bridge encountered a gold 2011 Ford Taurus driven by a 20-year-old male United States citizen from Hidalgo, Texas. The vehicle was referred to secondary for an enforcement inspection. With the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered 11 packages allegedly containing approximately 20.89 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $207,400.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers and passenger, and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.