Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Hidalgo and Pharr International Bridges seized close to $600,000 worth of cocaine and more than $100,000 worth of marijuana in separate, unrelated incidents over the weekend.
On April 22 a 39-year-old male Mexican national arrived at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge driving a 2001 Nissan Frontier pickup truck. The driver, from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, presented his border crossing card to the CBP officer and was referred for a more thorough examination. CBP officers discovered eight packages containing approximately 18.47 pounds of cocaine hidden in rear quarter panels of the vehicle. CBP seized the cocaine, which has an estimated street value of $591,040, and the vehicle.
On the same date, at the Pharr International Bridge, CBP officers encountered a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen, also from Reynosa, driving a white 1995 Chevrolet van. After presenting his border crossing card, the traveler and vehicle were referred for further inspection. CBP officers discovered and seized 59 packages, containing a total of 137.79 pounds of marijuana, which were hidden in the vehicle. CBP also seized the vehicle, along with the marijuana which has an estimated street value of $110,232.
CBP released two adult male travelers to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
Also on Friday, CBP officers arrested a 30-year-old male Mexican national, from Chiapas, Mexico, who presented a fraudulent resident alien card when he attempted to enter the United States through the pedestrian lanes.
The traveler was incarcerated pending appearance before a U.S. Federal Magistrate on criminal charges for violation of U.S. immigration law.
"This was a busy weekend for our officers at our ports of entry and their determination and resilience allowed them to step up to the plate and make these interceptions of illicit narcotics," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Drug trafficking organizations use diverse schemes in their attempt to smuggle drugs and our officers are able to keep up with those trends and disrupt those activities, thus keeping our community safe."
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.