HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $313,140 during an enforcement action.
“I commend our frontline CBP officers on their unrelenting commitment to the CBP mission, which led to this interception of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Nov. 24 at the Hidalgo International Bridge after CBP officers referred a gold 2007 Chevrolet Equinox to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 20-year-old male United States citizen from Pharr, 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 16 packages allegedly containing approximately 40.61 pounds of cocaine.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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