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.