HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized 61 pounds of alleged cocaine that was detected within a Dodge Journey driven by a man from Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.
“Our officers’ outstanding commitment in the effort towards keeping dangerous drugs from entering through our border crossings has enabled them to intercept these hard narcotics at one of our international bridges,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on May 1, after a tan 2010 Dodge Journey arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A CBP officer referred the vehicle, and the driver, a 49-year-old male Mexican citizen after he presented his Mexican border crossing card for a secondary examination. In secondary, with the use of all available tools and resources, officers discovered 25 packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers removed and seized the narcotics which carry an estimated street value of $470,560 and seized the Dodge SUV as well.
CBP OFO arrested the man from Saltillo 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.