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Customs and Border Protection at Rio Grande City Seizes $Half Million in Cocaine, Camargo Man Arrested

RIO GRANDE, TEXAS— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry seized just over $500,000 worth of cocaine and arrested a man from Ciudad Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on Thursday. 

On June 14, 2012 a black 1998 Ford pickup truck driven by a 51-year-old male Mexican national from Ciudad Camargo arrived at the Rio Grande City/Camargo International Bridge.  The lone male driver presented his Mexican border crossing card to the CBP officer and was subsequently referred to secondary for a more thorough examination.  In secondary officers discovered six packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 7.26 kilograms (16 pounds) that were concealed within the vehicle. CBP seized the cocaine which has an estimated street value of approximately $512,000 and the vehicle as well. 

The adult male traveler was released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. 

“This was an excellent interception of hard narcotics made by our officers,” said Severiano Solis, Port Director, Rio Grande City. “The ability to utilize all available resources and the outstanding commitment to the CBP mission by our officers has enabled us to keep our communities safe from these harmful drugs.”

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