On August 21, a man from Monterrey arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge driving a silver 2003 Honda Pilot and was referred for a secondary inspection. With the use of non-intrusive imaging technology (NII), officers discovered and removed 25 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 60 pounds (26.30 kg). CBP OFO seized the narcotics and the vehicle as well.
That same day, CBP officers referred a 30-year-old woman and her three children for further inspection and after further investigation, officers discovered that one of the children was not her child. CBP officers determined that a 13-year-old girl was not related to the woman and was in fact a citizen of Mexico without valid documents to enter or reside in the United States legally.
“Our officers’ outstanding observational skills and inspection techniques resulted in the discovery of these failed smuggling attempts at our border crossing,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez. “People encountered under these circumstances will face the fullest punishment allowed by law.”
CBP OFO arrested both individuals and the man was released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation. The woman was held pending an appearance before a U.S. federal magistrate, on charges of alleged violation of U.S. immigration law. Her other children were released to a family member.