Nearly $3 Million in Narcotics Seized in Hidalgo, TX

On Monday, April 28, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge referred a blue 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt for further inspection. An imaging system used on the vehicle alerted officers to 10 hidden packages of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.

This find weighed in at 23.8 pounds, with an estimated street value of $762,000. The driver, a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen, was arrested. His vehicle and narcotics were seized.

Later that same day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge also referred a maroon 2005 Chevrolet Malibu for further inspection. Upon examining the vehicle, officers uncovered 15 concealed packages of what appeared to be methamphetamine and 10 packages of what appeared to be cocaine.

The methamphetamine packages weighed in at 38.14 pounds, with an estimated street value of $1.22 million. The cocaine packages weighed in at 26.8 pounds, with an estimated street value of $858,000. The driver, a 37-year-old male Mexican citizen was taken into custody and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations. His drugs and vehicle were both seized.

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