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Man caught with drugs hidden in groceries

Heroin hidden inside canned food // U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Authorities are investigating a Matamoros resident that attempted to cross the Gateway International Bridge with heroin hidden in canned food.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a man riding a bicycle with a backpack filled with groceries and heroin.

CBP officers caught Hector Enrique Rubio-Noyola attempting to smuggle five and a half pounds of heroin across the Gateway International Bridge on Wednesday.

According to CBP officers, 39-year-old Rubio-Noyola TMs backpack had three canned food items each filled with a package of alleged heroin.

The packages had a combined weight of five and a half pounds of heroin with a value of $350,000, according to CBP officers.

CBP seized the heroin and turned Rubio-Noyola over to the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.

Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan denied bond for the 39-year-old U.S. Citizen.

Rubio-Noyola remains under U.S. Marshal Custody and a hearing is set for Tuesday, October 1st at 2 p.m.

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