U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Hidalgo International Bridge detected $2,363,000 worth of heroin and cocaine within two commercial buses arriving from Mexico this past week.
“Commendations are certainly in order for our frontline officers for having intercepted these hard narcotics,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Their commitment is outstanding and never sways. That’s the attitude CBP officers must possess in the fight against drugs.”
In the first case, a Mexican registered commercial bus arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge from Mexico during the early morning hours. CBP officers detected packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the bus and later removed 36 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 86.55 pounds (39.26 kg) that has a street value of $668,000.
The second seizure occurred several days later at the same border crossing. CBP officers referred another commercial bus arriving from Mexico for further inspection and after a thorough secondary examination discovered 25 packages of alleged heroin weighing 40.38 pounds (18.32 kg) and eight packages of alleged cocaine weighing 10.23 pounds (4.64 kg) hidden within the bus. The estimated street value is $1,616,000 for the heroin and $79,000 for the cocaine.
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection