HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge discovered 32 pounds of suspected narcotics over the weekend valued at $331,569.
“Our officers’ continued diligence in carrying out CBP’s border security mission leads to outstanding narcotic seizures,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 22-year-old female Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico driving a red 2012 Nissan Rogue. After a physical inspection of the vehicle, the use of a non-intrusive imaging inspection (NII), and with the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered 10 packages containing 25 pounds of alleged cocaine and an additional three packages containing seven pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle.
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.