CBP Officers at the Hidalgo Port of Entry Seize Over $350K in Cocaine and Arrest an Imposter
HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $356,320 and arrested an imposter in separate unrelated incidents.
“CBP officers continue to halt dangerous drugs and uncover attempts to gain admission to the U.S. at ports of entry without valid entry documents,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “These two enforcement actions illustrate and reaffirm our commitment to CBP’s border security mission.”
On Jan. 15, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a 30-year-old male Mexican citizen from Zumpahuacan, Mexico as he arrived at the border crossing as a pedestrian. The man presented a laser visa to a primary CBP officer who referred the pedestrian to secondary inspection. In secondary, system checks of national law enforcement databases revealed the laser visa was issued to another person and not the man presenting it. System checks revealed the man was a Mexican national who was previously removed multiple times; most recently on May 12, 2009.
CBP officers arrested the man and was taken into custody for violations of U.S. immigration law.
The narcotic seizure occurred on Jan. 13 at the Hidalgo International Bridge after CBP officers referred a grey Dodge Journey to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 32-year-old male Mexican citizen from Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. After a physical inspection of the vehicle and the use of a non-intrusive imaging inspection (NII), officers discovered 18 packages containing approximately 46.21 pounds of alleged cocaine. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $356,320.
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.
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.