$2 Million in Cocaine Seized from Females

On Thursday, July 10, 2014,U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas, referred a 2009 Ford Focus for further inspection.

Upon a search of the vehicle, officers located 2 packages of cocaine weighing a total of 5 pounds. The estimated street value of this find is $161,000.

Two day later, on the afternoon of Saturday, July 12, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in Pharr, Texas, referred a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt for further inspection.

When a non-intrusive imaging system was used on the vehicle, officers noted abnormalities within the Chevrolet. A subsequent search uncovered around 62.3 pounds of cocaine hidden in 25 separate packages. The estimated street value of this find is $1,994,000.

The 18-year old driver of the Ford Focus and the 19 year-old driver of the Chevrolet Cobalt, both female Mexican citizens, were arrested for their failed smuggling attempts and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations. Their narcotics and vehicles were seized.

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