HIDALGO, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $1,177,000 and arrested a woman from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
The seizure/arrest occurred on Friday morning, May 10, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge when CBP officers encountered a white 1993 Isuzu Trooper driven by a 22-year-old female Mexican citizen from Reynosa. After presenting her Mexican border-crossing card, a CBP officer referred her to secondary for further inspection. In the process of inspecting the vehicle, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the Trooper. Officers removed and seized 15 packages of alleged cocaine, which weighed approximately 16.68 kilograms (36.77 pounds) and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP arrested the adult female and she was then released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
Efrain Solis Jr., port director Hidalgo/Pharr port of entry, said, "This enforcement action is yet another example of the exemplary work ethic and pride our officers take in their job as they continue to protect our borders and keep drugs from entering our communities and country."
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.