HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo Port of Entry intercepted a load of alleged cocaine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics valued at approximately $867,737 hidden within a Ford F-150.
On Monday, January 23, CBP officers working primary at the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a red Ford F-150 driven by a man. The CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle and its driver, identified as a 20-year-old United States citizen who resides in Raymondville, Texas being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered 11 hidden packages within the Ford pickup. CBP officers removed the 11 packages from the F-150 with a combined total weight of 12.30 kilograms (27.1168 pounds) of alleged cocaine.
The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $867,737. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"Primary CBP officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge have stopped these dangerous narcotics from being smuggled into our country. I applaud our CBP officers on their continued efforts of keeping these drugs out of our country," said Efrain Solis, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
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.