HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man after discovering $190,000 worth of alleged cocaine hidden within the Chevy Malibu he was driving.
“Outstanding inspectional techniques and great work ethic allowed our officers to intercept these hard narcotics and keep them from crossing the border, and eventually reaching our communities,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On June 2, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 33-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a green 2003 Chevy Malibu. An officer referred the Reynosa resident for a secondary inspection and during the process of inspecting the vehicle, and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered and removed nine packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the Malibu. CBP OFO seized the narcotics which weighed approximately 24.52 pounds and seized the Chevy as well.
CBP OFO arrested the male and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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.