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CBP officers seize $4.5 million in cocaine at the Hidalgo International Bridge

Release Date
Tue, 09/26/2023

HIDALGO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted $4,520,192 of alleged cocaine concealed within a passenger bus.

“These harmful narcotics will not make it to American streets thanks to our CBP officers who used all available tools and resources to stop this smuggling attempt,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

Packages containing 338 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo International Bridge.
Packages containing 338 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo International Bridge.

On September 23, 2023, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a passenger bus arriving from Mexico. A CBP officer referred the vehicle for further inspection which included utilizing non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment. Physical inspection of the bus resulted in the discovery of 131 packages weighing 338.54 pounds (153.56kg) of alleged cocaine concealed within the bus.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics and vehicle. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents initiated a criminal investigation.

 

Last Modified: Oct 12, 2023