CBP Officers at the Hidalgo Port of Entry Seize $481K in Cocaine
HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $481,440 during an enforcement action.
“These dangerous narcotics did not make it beyond our border and reach the streets of our communities thanks to the outstanding work our CBP officers do,” said (A) Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on February 8, at the Hidalgo International Bridge after CBP officers referred a silver 2000 Honda Odyssey to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 34-year-old woman, a Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. With the assistance of a canine team and a physical inspection of the vehicle, officers discovered 20 packages allegedly containing approximately 62.43 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.