Hidalgo, Texas-U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized over $1,500,000 worth of methamphetamine and arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man on Wednesday.
On May 30, 2012 a maroon 1995 Ford Ranger pickup truck arrived at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge driven by a 48-year-old male Mexican national from Reynosa. The lone male traveler presented his Mexican border crossing card to the CBP officer and was referred to secondary for a more thorough examination. In secondary officers discovered 35 packages weighing approximately 54.30 kilograms (119.70 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine which were concealed within the pickup's bed. CBP seized the narcotics which have an estimated street value of approximately $1,795,000 and the vehicle as well.
The male traveler was released to the custody of Homeland-Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"This is a significant seizure involving hard narcotics that our officers discovered and prevented from entering the country," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Seizures of this magnitude are attributable to the dedication, vigilance and exceptional inspectional techniques of our CBP officers with the use of available technology and tools."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.