A Matamoros man is behind bars after he allegedly tried to smuggle about $950,000 dollars of cocaine into the United States on Father's Day.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested Eduardo Monreal-Mendoza under federal drug charges.
The 19-year-old Matamoros man drove up to Brownsville's Gateway International Bridge in a Ford Expedition with Tamaulipas license plates on Sunday.
Customs officers allegedly found 12 packages with about 29.7 pounds of cocaine hidden in the dashboard of the SUV.
Authorities estimate the illegal drugs are worth about $950,000 dollars.
Monreal-Mendoza appeared before U.S Magistrate Court Judge Felix Recio in Brownsville on Monday morning.
Investigators reported that Monreal-Mendoza is a Mexican national who lives in Matamoros.
Judge Recio denied bond for the 19-year-old until a Thursday afternoon hearing.
by Sergio Chapa