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Tuesday November 27, 2012

Extreme Trafficking: Border Agents Seize $4.5 Million of Cocaine

Extreme Trafficking: Border Agents Seize $4.5 Million of Cocaine

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Customs and Border Protection officers at Anzalduas International Bridge seized $4,446,000 worth of alleged cocaine in two separate, unrelated incidents this weekend and arrested two Mexican national men and one female associated with the alleged narcotic smuggling violations.

The first seizure occurred on Saturday morning, November 24, when a 2006 silver Honda Civic, occupied by two Mexican citizens from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, arrived at the International Bridge. The driver, a 25-year-old male and a 22-year-old female presented their Mexican border crossing cards. The CBP officer referred them to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers discovered 26 packages of alleged cocaine, weighing nearly 69 pounds, hidden within the vehicle.

The estimated street value of the cocaine is $2,204,000.

The second seizure occurred on Sunday morning, November 25, at the same border crossing when CBP officers encountered a 2004 silver Volkswagen. The driver, a 38-year-old male and a 21-year-old female, both from Mexico City, Mexico, presented their Mexican passports with U.S. visas and were subsequently referred to secondary for a more thorough inspection. In secondary, officers discovered 28 packages of alleged cocaine weighing more than 70 pounds, concealed within the vehicle.

The estimated street value of the cocaine is $2,242,000.