HIDLAGO–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized about 24.7 pounds of brown heroin worth $1.9 million in two drug seizures.
CBP officers came in contact with a northbound 2008 KIA Rondo SUV and its driver, a 33-year-old U.S. citizen from Chicago , Illinois on Tuesday . A female passenger was identified as 20-year-old U.S. citizen from Cicero , Ill.
A CBP officer referred the vehicle, driver and passenger to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized seven packages of alleged brown heroin that were found within the vehicle. The heroin packages weighed approximately 17.1 pounds and was valued at $1.3 million.
On the same day, CBP officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge stopped a northbound taxicab passenger. The male traveler was identified as a 20-year-old U.S. citizen from Boston , Massachusetts .
After the initial primary inspection, the cab and passenger were referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized four packages of alleged brown heroin that were found in cans of black refried beans.
Each of the four cans contained one alleged package of brown heroin. In this seizure, the alleged heroin weighed approximately 7.5 pounds and was valued at $600,000.
CBP officers seized the KIA Rondo and transferred the two men and one female to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
“I commend our cadres of frontline officers for their roles in seizing these two significant amounts of brown heroin,” said Hector Mancha, CBP Port Director in Hidalgo. “For the Hidalgo Port of Entry and for this year, this is the first recorded brown heroin seizure found hidden in cans of refried beans.”
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