$1.5 Million in Drugs Seized at International Bridges
Tue, 06 Oct 2009 14:51:00 GMT —
About $1.5 million worth of cocaine and marijuana are off the streets following two separate seizures at the Hidalgo and Pharr bridges.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized close to 48 pounds of cocaine and nearly 39 pounds of marijuana in the drug busts.
On October 2, officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge inspected a 2008 Toyota Tundra.
Officers noticed something strange with the dashboard.
A narcotics dog sniffed out strong odors coming from the area.
From a secret dashboard compartment, officers removed 19 cocaine packages.
Officers arrested the driver, Domingo Alberto Bravo, a U.S. citizen from McAllen, on federal drug charges.
Later that same day, officers working at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge inspected a 1999 Honda Accord.
Officers thought something looked wrong with the vehicle TMs gas tank.
A drug dog smelled something in the car TMs undercarriage.
That is where officers removed 38 marijuana packages hidden in the gas tank.
Officers arrested Juan Luis Hernandez, a U.S. citizen from Houston, on federal drug charges.
Bravo and Hernandez were handed over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents.
As of Tuesday morning, both men remained jailed while awaiting an appearance before a U.S. Magistrate.