Court Records: Man crossed the border with his wife, 3 daughters and 18 bags of cocaine
Officers at the Hidalgo bridge arrested a father Monday, when he attempted to cross the border with his wife, three daughters and 18 bags of cocaine, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
Gabriel Landin Gonzalez, a United States citizen, attempted to cross the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge driving a Chrysler van.
The van had four passengers: His wife and three daughters. Officers sent the Gonzalez family to secondary inspection.
An X-ray revealed something strange about a wooden cart in the back of the van, according to the criminal complaint.
Officers searched the cart and found 18 plastic bags filled with cocaine, according to the criminal complaint. The bags weighed about 5 kilograms.
Agents with Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, questioned Gonzalez about the cocaine.
Gonzalez said "an unknown person in Mexico" offered him $1,200 to transport cocaine across the border, according to the criminal complaint.
Gonzalez is charged with illegal importation of cocaine and conspiracy to import cocaine. He remains in federal custody and couldn't be reached for comment.