Hidalgo, Texas-U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized approximately 53 pounds of alleged cocaine and arrested a Reynosa man on Wednesday. The estimated street value of the cocaine is approximately $1.7 million. CBP also arrested two female imposters in unrelated incidents.
On April 18, 2012 CBP officers at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 25-year-old male Mexican national from Reynosa, Tamaulipas driving a blue 2010 Volkswagen Bora. The driver and lone occupant presented his border crossing card to the officer and was referred into secondary for a more thorough inspection of the vehicle. In secondary officers discovered and seized 22 packages weighing approximately 24.20 kilograms (53.35 pounds) of alleged cocaine which was hidden inside the fenders. The vehicle was also seized by CBP.
The adult male traveler was released to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
On the same date and border crossing in unrelated incidents, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo pedestrian lanes encountered two female Mexican nationals allegedly attempting to enter the United States utilizing legitimate Mexican border crossing cards that belonged to other people. CBP officers arrested both women, a 21-year-old Mexican national from Huitapa, Chiapas and a 40-year-old Mexican national from Huanimaro, Guanajuato.
The two female imposters were incarcerated pending appearance before a U.S. Federal Magistrate on criminal charges for violations of U.S. immigration law.
"This load of hard narcotics and the two imposters were intercepted due to our officers' excellent observational and questioning techniques," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "These interceptions were accomplished as a team effort but mainly as a result of the primary officer's keen sense of detecting an anomaly in the initial interaction with the travelers. These efforts by our officers have kept illegal drugs and undocumented travelers from crossing our border."
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.