Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge seized approximately 28 pounds of heroin last Friday. The estimated street value of the alleged brown heroin is $2,239,873.
On May 6, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2010 Nissan Altima sedan and its driver, a 33-year-old U.S. citizen from Eagle Pass, Texas. After the initial primary inspection, a CBP officer referred the male driver and vehicle to secondary for further inspection.
In secondary, officers seized 20 packages of alleged brown heroin that were found within the vehicle's rear tire well area. CBP seized the vehicle as well.
The northbound traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
"I commend our cadre of frontline officers for their work and roles in seizing this significant amount of heroin. This is the second significant brown heroin drug load intercepted by our officers in a week's time," said Efrain Solis Jr., CBP Acting Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr.
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.