HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo Port of Entry seized 108.77 pounds worth of alleged cocaine in separate, unrelated incidents.
“Our officers continue to uphold the CBP mission by preventing illegal narcotics from entering our country,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Monday June 26, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a 26-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico driving a black 2010 Nissan Altima. The vehicle was referred for further inspection and with the assistance of a canine team CBP officers discovered 15 packages containing a total of 36.42 pounds of alleged cocaine within the vehicle. The alleged narcotics carry an estimated street value of $280,840.
The second incident occurred the same day but at the Anzalduas International Bridge after CBP officers referred a grey 2001 Nissan Sentra to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 45-year-old male Mexican citizen from General Teran, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. 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 30 packages allegedly containing approximately 72.35 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $557,940.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers, 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.