HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized over $2,000,000 worth of alleged cocaine, heroin and arrested a woman from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with the incident.
On Tuesday morning, May 14, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a 19-year-old female Mexican citizen driving a gray 2001 Mazda Tribute. The female who arrived from Reynosa presented her Mexican passport with U.S. visa to a CBP officer and was then referred to secondary for further screening. During the process of the secondary inspection and after utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics, which were concealed within the vehicle's roof.
CBP officers recovered and seized 20 packages of alleged cocaine which weighed approximately 23.16 kilograms (51.06 pounds) and one package of alleged heroin which weighed approximately 1.80 kilograms (3.97 pounds). CBP seized the narcotics, which have an estimated street value of $1,634,000 for the cocaine, $397,000 for the heroin, and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP arrested the adult female and subsequently released her to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"This exceptional interception of hard narcotics was accomplished due to our officers' relentless efforts and outstanding ability to utilize all available tools," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "This is another seizure we have made recently where drug smuggling organizations utilize young females in their attempts to bring their drugs across the border."
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.