HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a woman from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico after discovering $187,680 worth of alleged cocaine concealed within a Volkswagen Jetta she was driving.
“I commend our frontline officers for their work in interdicting these hard narcotics,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “This is an excellent example of the work our officers do daily to prevent narcotics from entering our country and to secure our nation’s borders.”
On March 28, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 53-year-old female Mexican citizen arriving from Reynosa in a gold 2008 Jetta. After referring her for a secondary examination, and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered 10 packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the Jetta. CBP OFO removed and seized the narcotics and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP OFO arrested the female who was then released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
CBP’s Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.