At the Hidalgo and Brownsville International Bridges, border crossings in Texas, border agents seized $1,385,000 in cocaine in two separate incidents.
On Monday, August 12, 2013 at about noon officers stopped for inspection a gray 2005 Chevrolet Equinox that was being driven by a 18 year-old male from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico and who presented them with his Mexican border crossing card. He was referred to secondary inspection, at which time the officers came across nine packages of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle. The estimated street value of the approximately 21.43 lbs of cocaine was $686,000. Officers seized the cocaine and vehicle and placed the 18 year-old under arrest.
Later that afternoon a maroon 1998 Chevrolet pick-up was in line for inspection. Officers signaled the 19 year-old male driver and his 25 year-old female passenger to entry the secondary inspection area. Upon further inspection and with the help of the vehicle non-intrusive imaging system packages of cocaine were discovered within the vehicle. The driver, a U.S. citizen and his passenger, a Mexican and lawful permanent resident, were both placed under arrest. The nine packages of alleged cocaine weigh 21.83 lbs. and a estimated street value of $699,000.