Anzalduas, Texas - Officers with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Anzalduas International Bridge seized over $2,500,000 worth of alleged cocaine and arrested a man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico on Sunday.
"This substantial load of hard narcotics was discovered due to our officers' outstanding diligence and perseverance," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Our officers' great dedication and attention to detail has enabled us to intercept this load of cocaine and kept it from filtering in therefore keeping our communities safe from these dangerous drugs."
On Sunday morning, September 23, 2012 a gray 2006 Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 36-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa arrived at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge. The driver and lone occupant presented his Mexican passport with U.S. visa to the CBP officer and he was subsequently referred to secondary for a more thorough inspection. In secondary officers discovered 35 packages weighing approximately 39.02 kilograms (86.02 pounds) of alleged cocaine which were concealed within the vehicle. CBP seized the cocaine which has an estimated street value of $2,753,000 and the vehicle as well.
The adult male traveler was released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.