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United States Department of Homeland Security
News Release
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

CBP Officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge
Seize 12 Pounds of Cocaine - Two Females Arrested

HIDALGO, TEXAS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge seized approximately 12.2 pounds of cocaine over the weekend.  The estimated street value of the cocaine is $392,000.

On October 8, 2011 CBP officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis and its two female occupants, a 19 and a 21-year-old, both United States citizens from Houston, Texas.  A CBP officer referred the vehicle and occupants to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, CBP officers seized the alleged cocaine that was found hidden within a suitcase in the vehicle. The vehicle  also was seized by CBP.

Both females were transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.

Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director Hidalgo/Pharr said, “Our officers are constantly looking to intercept narcotics and their vigilance allows them to keep drugs like this from coming into our country”.

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