U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 36 pounds of cocaine Saturday at the Hidalgo International Bridge, according to a news release from the federal agency.
Thirty-five-year-old Hiram Ibarra-Espinosa, a Mexican national, is accused of smuggling the cocaine inside his white 2008 Dodge Journey, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
During an inspection of Ibarra-Espinosa’s vehicle, officers found an “after factor compartment built beneath the gear shifter,” according to the criminal complaint.
The criminal complaint goes on to read:
“Inside the compartment, CBPOs found 16 bundles weighing a total of approximately 16.68 kilograms. The contents of the packages tested positive for the presence fo cocaine.”
Ibarra-Espinosa remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Friday, according to court records.
An attorney representing Ibarra-Espinosa couldn’t be reached for comment.