HIDALGO–Federal officers stopped a drug smuggler at an Upper Valley international bridge and caught two people trying to cross into the United States by using a fraudulent identiication.
CBP officers at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 25-year-old male Reynosa resident Wednesday driving a blue 2010 Volkswagen Bora.
The driver and lone occupant presented his border crossing card to the officer and was referred into secondary for a more thorough inspection of the vehicle.
In secondary officers discovered and seized 22 packages weighing about 53 pounds of cocaine, which was hidden inside the fenders. The drugs were worth about $1.7 million The vehicle was also seized by CBP.
The man was taken into custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).
On the same day, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo pedestrian lanes encountered two female Mexican nationals allegedly attempting to enter the United States using Mexican border crossing cards that belonged to other people.
CBP officers arrested both women, a 21-year-old Mexican national from Chiapas and a 40-year-old from Guanajuato
The two female imposters were incarcerated pending appearance before a U.S. Federal Magistrate on criminal charges for violations of U.S. immigration law.