By Staff

HIDALGO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted $739,800 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine in two incidents during the same day.

“Our CBP officers prevented over 70 pounds of narcotics worth over $700K from hitting American streets thanks to our diligent officers and the utilization of all available tools and resources,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

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On July 2, 2021, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a red Chevrolet Suburban driven by a 57-year-old U.S. citizen making entry from Mexico. A CBP officer referred the car for further inspection, which included utilizing non-intrusive imaging equipment and after physically inspecting the vehicle, officers discovered 25 packages of cocaine weighing 61.06 pounds concealed within his vehicle.

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Later that day, CBP officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a blue Dodge pickup truck driven by a 39-year-old U.S. citizen making entry from Mexico. A CBP officer referred her truck for further inspection. During inspection of the vehicle and personal belongings, CBP officers discovered a total of six packages of methamphetamine weighing 13.44 pounds hidden within an ice chest.

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CBP OFO seized the narcotics and the vehicles, arrested the drivers and the cases remains under investigation by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations. Staff