HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 19-year-old man from McAllen, Texas after discovering 16 packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the Chevy Malibu he was driving.
“Our frontline officers’ continued vigilance and perseverance has enabled them to detect these hard narcotics and help keep dangerous drugs from crossing our borders,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “These efforts are part of our daily activities at CBP Office of Field Operations.”
CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on April 29 encountered a male U.S. citizen driving a black 2005 Chevy Malibu and referred him and the vehicle for a more thorough examination. While inspecting the vehicle in secondary, and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 43.91 pounds. CBP OFO seized the narcotics which carry an estimated street value of $338,640 and seized the Malibu as well.
CBP OFO arrested the male traveler who was ultimately released to a Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) special agent’s custody 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.