CBP Field Operations Seizes $561K in Cocaine at Rio Grande Valley International Bridges

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges seized over $500,000 in cocaine that was detected in two separate, unrelated incidents this weekend.

“Once again, our frontline officers have demonstrated their commitment towards the CBP mission of keeping dangerous drugs from crossing our international borders,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “By working as a team and utilizing all available tools and resources, our officers accomplished these outstanding interceptions of hard narcotics.”

The first incident occurred on July 9 at the Hidalgo International Bridge after CBP officers referred a silver 2008 Dodge Caliber to secondary for inspection. The car was driven by an 18-year-old female Mexican citizen from Reynosa. After a physical inspection of the vehicle, with the use of a non-intrusive imaging system and the assistance of a K-9, CBP officers discovered 15 packages allegedly containing about 34 pounds of cocaine. The narcotics carried an estimated street value of $269,280.

The second incident occurred on the same date, at the Anzalduas International Bridge, after CBP officers referred a white 2011 Nissan Altima to secondary for inspection. The car was driven by a 46-year-old male Mexican citizen from San Nicolas, Nuevo Leon. After a physical inspection of the vehicle, with the use of a non-intrusive imaging system and the assistance of a K-9, officers discovered 15 packages containing about 37 pounds of cocaine. The narcotics carried an estimated street value of $292,060.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested both drivers, and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further investigation.

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