Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo Port of Entry on Wednesday seized cocaine valued at $835,000 during a routine vehicle examination.
The seizure occurred on Nov. 30, 2011 at Hidalgo International Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2006 Chevy Equinox driven by a 28-year-old Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers noted discrepancies in the vehicle floor. An intensive examination of the area yielded 10 packages containing a total of 26 pounds of alleged cocaine. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $835,000.
CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the alleged narcotics and the vehicle.
"This seizure is an excellent example of the effective use of solid inspections skills and technology to secure our community," said Sylvia Briones, Acting CBP Port Director, Hidalgo. "Seizures of hard narcotics like these help to prevent this poison from contaminating our cities and causing greater harm."
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.