ANZALDUAS, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Anzalduas International Bridge seized $5,706,000 worth of heroin and cocaine and arrested a man from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
The seizure and arrest occurred on Thursday afternoon, July 25 at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers encountered a white 2011 Chrysler 200 driven by a 26-year-old male Mexican citizen. After presenting his Mexican border crossing card, a CBP officer referred the adult male and the vehicle to secondary for a more thorough inspection. During the process of inspecting the vehicle and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the vehicle. Officers removed 20 packages weighing approximately 22.54 kilograms (49.69 lbs.) of alleged heroin and 14 packages weighing approximately 17.54 kilogram (38.67 lbs.) of alleged cocaine. CBP seized the narcotics which have an estimated street value of $4,469,000 for the heroin, $1,237,000 for the cocaine and seized the vehicle.
CBP arrested the adult male and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"This outstanding interception of hard narcotics was accomplished due to excellent perseverance from our frontline officers and their relentless commitment to the CBP mission to help keep dangerous drugs out of our communities," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
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.