Tuesday, October 03, 2006

More Than Just Illegal People Problem

Agents seize 1,200 pounds of cocaine at border
HIDALGO — Federal agents said they seized about 1,200 pounds of cocaine found inside secret compartments of two private tour buses trying to cross the Mexican border. The street value of the drugs was close to $37 million, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement late Monday. Agency spokesman Felix Garza declined to comment today on whether any arrests have been made. Despite similarities between the two vehicles and their arrival times, he said the seizures were unrelated. A driver and one passenger were aboard a bus that arrived early Sunday at the Hidalgo Port of Entry displaying Mexican vehicle registration. A drug dog sniffed out the narcotics, and an X-ray scan led to the discovery of a secret compartment. Officers removed 200 brick-like packages of cocaine from the compartment, according to CBP. Minutes after the first seizure, another private tour bus arrived, also with Mexican registration. The bus, manned only by a driver, contained 250 brick-like packages of cocaine from another secret compartment.