Authorities with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations discovered what they estimated was $167,000 worth of cocaine on a vehicle trying to cross the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge, according to an agency news release.
On Thursday, a 25-year-old man from Monterrey attempted to cross about 22 pounds of cocaine concealed within a black 2002 Ford Sport Trac SUV. Secondary inspection by a K-9 team resulted in the discovery of the 16 packages of narcotics.
The officers seized the cocaine and the vehicle, and arrested the Monterrey native who was ultimately turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents. The case remained under investigation Monday.