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Border Patrol field operation results in seizure of $500K worth of cocaine at Hidalgo International Bridge

June 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol field operation results in seizure of $500K worth of cocaine at Hidalgo International Bridge

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U.S. Border Patrol agents with the Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge in Texas seized $432,480 worth of cocaine that was being transported on a commercial bus from Mexico.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, the incident occurred on May 20th, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after agents examined a commercial passenger bus traveling from Mexico.

While inspecting the bus and with the assistance of a CBP officer and his colleagues recovered 21 packages of cocaine weighing 56 pounds concealed within the bus.

Border Patrol officials said agents took a 35-year-old Mexican native into custody in connection with the failed smuggling attempt and transferred him over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

“Excellent teamwork from our officers contributed to this seizure of hard narcotics,” Port Director Carlos Rodriguez said in a statement. “The ability to detect inconsistencies and anomalies with travelers and vehicles is how every interception is initiated and how drugs are kept from being introduced into our communities.”

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