ANZALDUAS, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Anzalduas International Bridge seized cocaine from a Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon, Mexico man valued at approximately $2,032,000 and arrested him in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt.
The seizure/arrest occurred early Saturday afternoon, March 2 at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge. CBP officers encountered a gray 2005 Honda Accord driven by a 55-year-old male Mexican citizen from Nuevo Leon and after presenting his Mexican passport with U.S. visa, a CBP officer referred him to secondary for a more thorough inspection. During the course of the inspection, officers discovered 31 packages containing alleged cocaine, which were hidden within the vehicle. CBP seized the cocaine, which had an approximate weight of 28.81 kilograms (63.51 pounds) along with the vehicle.
CBP officers arrested the adult male and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.
"This excellent seizure of narcotics was accomplished due to our officers' outstanding commitment to the CBP mission, in helping combat the flow of illicit drugs across our border," 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.