CBP Field Operations intercept $2.3 million in narcotics in buses

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Customs and Border Protection Hidalgo Bridge

HIDALGO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Hidalgo International Bridge seizing $2,363,000 worth of heroin and cocaine within two commercial buses arriving from Mexico on Nov. 2.

A Mexican registered commercial bus arrived at the bridge from Mexico during the early morning hours. A secondary inspection, utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system allowed CBP officers to detect packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the bus’s fuel tank. Officers removed 36 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 86.55 pounds that has a street value of $668,000.

The second seizure occurred on Nov. 7, at the same border crossing. CBP officers referred another commercial bus arriving from Mexico for further inspection and after a thorough secondary examination with the use of all available tools and resources, officers discovered 25 packages of alleged heroin weighing 40.38 pounds and eight packages of alleged cocaine weighing 10.23 pounds hidden within the bus. The estimated street value is $1,616,000 for the heroin and $79,000 for the cocaine.

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