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CBP Seizes Nearly $180K in Cocaine at Hidalgo International Bridge

Release Date: 
July 19, 2018

HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 20-year-old woman from Pharr, Texas after discovering $180,000 in cocaine hidden within the vehicle she was driving.

Packages containing 23 pounds of cocaine at Hidalgo International Bridge
Packages containing 23 pounds of
cocaine seized by CBP officers at the
Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge.

“The small load concept seems to be prevalent at this time, as we have encountered several of these smuggling attempts recently,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/ Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Our officers’ keen sense of awareness have enabled these great interceptions.”

On July 18, a female U.S. citizen driving a black 2012 Volkswagen Jetta arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge and was referred for further inspection. During the secondary inspection and with the assistance of a canine team (canine team), officers discovered 10 packages of alleged cocaine concealed within the Jetta. CBP OFO seized the 23.33 pounds (10.58 kgs.) of narcotics and seized the vehicle as well.

CBP OFO arrested the woman and then released her to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.

Last modified: 
July 20, 2018