ANZALDUAS, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Anzalduas International Bridge arrested a 19-year-old man from San Juan, Texas after discovering $1,620,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the car he was driving.
"There are always consequences for ill-advised actions and smuggling narcotics will not only tarnish your reputation but will also affect your life after facing charges that may result in jail time," said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/ Pharr/Anzalduas.
CBP officers assigned to the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge on Feb. 18, 2020 encountered a lone male U.S. citizen driving a black 2011 Ford Mustang as he arrived from Nuevo Leon, Mexico after a weekend visit. A secondary inspection, which included using non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment resulted in officers discovering 119 packages of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the car. These narcotics weighed 81 pounds (36.74 kg).
CBP OFO seized the drugs along with the vehicle and arrested the San Juan resident who in turn was turned over to the custody of agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.
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 securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.