HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $274,040.
“Our CBP officers continue to excel in their commitment to the CBP mission, as a result we have prevented these hard narcotics from entering our country,” said (A) Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Feb. 15 at the Hidalgo International Bridge after CBP officers referred a white 2012 Volkswagen Jetta to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 20-year-old female United States citizen from Edinburg, Texas. 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 15 packages allegedly containing approximately 35.53 pounds of cocaine.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned her over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) 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.