Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized 8.2 pounds of Mexican brown heroin Tuesday evening. The estimated street value of the heroin is $663,000.00.
On July 26, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 1997 Toyota Corolla sedan and its male driver, a 40-year-old Mexican citizen from Dade City, Florida. A CBP officer referred the driver and vehicle to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized five packages containing Mexican brown heroin that were found hidden within the vehicle. Officers also seized the vehicle.
The traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents for further investigation.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP Port Director, Hidalgo-Pharr said, "Our frontline officers continue working hard to secure our nation's border and this is an excellent example of the great enforcement work our officers do on a daily basis to prevent this type 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.