Cocaine Worth $240K Seized from Car on Mexico-U.S. Bridge

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U.S. border patrol agents have seized a massive haul of cocaine worth over $240,000 from a vehicle attempting to cross the Anzalduas International Bridge between Mission, Texas, and Reynosa, Mexico.

On Friday, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the bridge stopped a Ford pickup truck for further inspection after a CBP officer referred it due to suspected contraband. Utilizing non-intrusive inspection equipment and a canine team, agents discovered eight packages of cocaine weighing 17.94 pounds, valued at $239,506.

The driver was arrested by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, who are now conducting a criminal investigation into the incident.

This is the second major seizure in two weeks, following another discovery on June 12 where 25 packages of suspected cocaine worth an estimated $503,200 were found hidden inside a white Jeep. The driver was also arrested in that case.

CBP Director Carlos Rodriguez praised the efforts of his officers, saying their “resolute vigilance” and use of technology and training allowed them to intercept the drugs. “Our frontline CBP officers continue to exercise mission dedication, resulting in significant seizures like this one,” he said.

The Anzalduas International Bridge is a vital crossing point for commercial vehicles, with between 2,500 and 5,000 daily users. Construction began in 2023 on a new commercial and inspection facility aimed at reducing congestion and pressure at the bridge.

This latest seizure highlights the ongoing efforts of U.S. border patrol agents to combat drug trafficking and protect American communities from harmful substances. As the summer months approach, CBP is urging travelers to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to authorities. With their dedication and expertise, it’s clear that these agents are committed to keeping our borders safe and secure.

Source: UPI