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.
“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.
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.