Interception of cash and drugs at international bridges
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:49:05 GMT —
On Sunday, authorities seized just under $2 million in cocaine and over $120,000 in cash on the Anzalduas and Hidalgo International Bridges.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers arrested a 34-year-old for the cocaine and a 52-year-old for the unreported cash.
The 34-year-old man was attempting to cross the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge when his car was sent to a secondary inspection.
Inside his Nissan Altima, officers found the packages of suspected cocaine inside the seats.
A total of 25 packages, weighing 56 pounds, were removed from the car. The estimate value of the cocaine is $1,900,000.
The 52-year-old was taken into custody at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge.
He was traveling in a bus trying to cross from the United States into Mexico.
During an inspection, officers found 19 bundles of cash hidden inside his luggage.
Both men were arrested and released to Homeland Security Investigators.