Pair Of Mexican Nationals Caught Smuggling 100 Pounds Of Pot Across Border

HIDALGO COUNTY, TX (CBS 4 News) – Two Mexican nationals attempted to smuggle 113 pounds of cocaine across the Pharr International Bridge on Saturday, according to a news release.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 2008 Dodge Durango, containing a 35-year-old female Mexican citizen, and a 33-year-old man from Reynosa, Mexico, to a second inspection.

Upon inspection of the vehicle, and with the assistance of a canine team, CBP officers discovered 44 packages of cocaine totaling 113 pounds, according to the news release.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimates the alleged narcotics carry a street value of $874,140, according to the news release.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle, and arrested the suspects.

The smuggling suspects were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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