CBP officers seize $1.6M in cocaine at Anzalduas port of entry

Customs and Border Protection Agency

POSTED: Monday, November 18, 2013 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 8:47am

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Anzalduas International Bridge seized $1,603,000 worth of cocaine which they found within a car belonging to a woman from Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

“Our CBP officers outstanding ability to work in tandem as a team and with the use of all available tools and resources were able to accomplish this formidable interception of hard narcotics, thus keeping these dangerous drugs out of our communities,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 16, 2013 at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers came in contact with a 29-year-old woman driving a white 2010 Volkswagen Bora. A CBP officer referred her to secondary for further inspection after she presented her Mexican border-crossing card and during the course of the examination, and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers located packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the Volkswagen sedan. CBP officers removed and seized 20 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 22.73 kilograms (50.11 lbs.) and seized the vehicle as well.

CBP-OFO arrested the adult female and she was ultimately released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.

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