HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $404,600.
“Halting illegal narcotics from entering our country while we enforce not only our laws but those of other law enforcement agencies is part of our daily CBP mission. This is a remarkable interception of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Feb. 23 at the Hidalgo International Bridge after CBP officers referred a green 2006 Ford Taurus to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 19-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Traveling with him was a 20-year-old female Mexican citizen also from Reynosa. After a physical inspection and the use a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system, officers discovered 20 packages containing 52.47 pounds of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and passenger, and turned them 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.