Hidalgo, Texas. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge seized approximately 25.9 pounds of cocaine this weekend. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $831,046.
On Sunday, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2006 Honda Civic sedan. After the initial primary inspection, the vehicle and its occupants were referred to secondary for further inspection. While in secondary, CBP officers seized 13 packages of alleged cocaine discovered within the vehicle. In addition to seizing the alleged cocaine, CBP officers also seized the Honda Civic sedan.
A 19-year-old U.S. citizen from Pharr, Texas, and occupant of the vehicle was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP port director at Hidalgo/Pharr said, "Our frontline officers continue doing great enforcement work and so far in recent months they have seized several cocaine and methamphetamine drug loads. I commend our officers for their work in securing our nation's borders and for preventing these types of contraband from entering our country."
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.