CBP Officers Seize Over $2.1 Million in Cocaine at Hidalgo Port
HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International port of entry seized approximately $2,118,080 worth of cocaine discovered in three separate enforcement actions this past weekend.
On Friday, March 2, at the Hidalgo International Bridge CBP officers encountered a female U.S. citizen as she arrived at the port of entry as the driver of a 1996 Pontiac Trans Am. The female, identified as a 39-year-old resident of Berwyn, Illinois was selected and escorted to a secondary inspection. In secondary CBP officers discovered two packages concealed within the Pontiac. The two packages were removed and held a combined total weight of 3.64 kilograms (8.02 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
In the second case this weekend, this one on March 3, at Hidalgo International Bridge, CBP officers came in contact with a 2004 Saturn Ion driven by a 52-year-old male U.S. citizen who resides in McAllen, Texas. A CBP officer's primary inspection resulted in the Saturn and its driver being referred to secondary for further examination. At secondary, CBP officers discovered 15 packages hidden within the Ion. CBP officers' inspection of the packages determined the packages to contain alleged cocaine with a total weight of 16.70 kilograms (36.81 pounds).
In a third case this weekend, on Sunday March 4, CBP officers at the Pharr International Bridge encountered a 2005 Ford Escape being driven into the U.S. by a 33-year-old female Mexican citizen driver who resides in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. CBP officers referred the vehicle to secondary for further inspection where CBP officers discovered eight packages hidden within the Ford Escape. The eight packages contain approximately 9.70 kilograms (21.38 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The cocaine from these seizures has an estimated street value of approximately $2,118,080. CBP officers turned the women over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. In all cases CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicles.
"It was a busy weekend for CBP officers in Hidalgo; CBP officers' efforts in continuing to secure our borders and prevent the introduction of these dangerous drugs into our country have once again been successful. I congratulate Hidalgo CBP officers for these outstanding interceptions and the arrest of these alleged smugglers," said Efrain Solis, port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas port of entry.
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.