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HIDALGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr Port of Entry on July 7 seized cocaine valued at approximately $1,164,800 during a routine inspection of a passenger vehicle.

A CBP officer at the bridge detained a 20-year-old female Mexican citizen from Reynosa, who was driving a 2001 Ford Focus. After noting discrepancies in the vehicle, CBP officials conducted in intensive examination and discovered 15 packages containing nearly 35 pounds of cocaine.

The woman was turned over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations. CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle.

In a separate incident, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge discovered cocaine valued at nearly $413,000 hidden inside a Ford Focus.

CBP officers made contact with a 27-year-old man driving a black 2000 Ford Focus on July 3 and identified him as a Mexican citizen from Matamoros. During a secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered nearly 13 pounds of cocaine hidden in six packages. The Mexican man was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

“Thanks to the hard work by our CBP officers these dangerous drugs will not meet their destination in the United States. I applaud our officers for an outstanding seizure and arrest,” said Efrain Solis, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

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