ANZALDUAS, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Anzalduas International Bridge arrested a woman from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with a failed smuggling attempt of $442,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine.
“This compact but meaningful interception of hard narcotics is typical of the small load concept encountered by CBP Field Operations at most international bridges,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Our attitude is that every detection of narcotics is significant in helping our communities and youth remain drug-free.”
On Oct. 24, CBP officers working at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a silver 2004 Chrysler Sebring driven by a 20-year-old female Mexican citizen as she arrived from Mexico. After presenting her Mexican border crossing card, she and the vehicle were referred to secondary for further inspection. During the course of the examination, and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered four packages of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the Sebring. CBP-OFO seized the narcotics which weighed approximately 13.80 pounds and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP Field Operations arrested the female, who was then released to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
CBP’s Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.