Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized over $1,000,000 worth of alleged cocaine and arrested a North Carolina man on Saturday, September 15.
"This well-hidden load of narcotics was discovered because of our officers' outstanding and relentless efforts to help keep drugs from crossing our border," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "By working as a team and employing individual officer expertise and knowledge, this load of hard narcotics was intercepted from the drug trafficking organizations."
On Saturday afternoon, September 15, a black 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander occupied by three individuals arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. The driver, a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen from North Carolina and the adult female passenger presented a U.S. passport and a U.S. birth certificate was presented for a minor female child traveling with them. A CBP officer referred the vehicle and occupants to secondary for a more thorough inspection. In secondary, officers discovered 14 packages weighing approximately 38 pounds of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle. The cocaine which had an estimated street value of $1,218,000 was seized by CBP along with the vehicle.
The adult male traveler was released to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations 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.