HIDALGO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 42-year-old woman from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico after discovering $781,000 worth of heroin in the vehicle she was driving.
“This was an excellent interception of hard narcotics that our frontline officers accomplished a few days ago,” said Port Director Sylvia Briones, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Our officers’ ability to detect anomalies and discrepancies with travelers or vehicles is what raises suspicion and subsequently leads to discovering contraband.”
A CBP officer working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on April 18, referred a woman driving a white 2003 Ford F-150 pickup for further examination. A thorough secondary inspection of the pickup, which included the utilization of non-intrusive imaging technology (NII), yielded positive results with the discovery of 16 packages of alleged heroin weighing 34.44 pounds.