HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 42-year-old man from Mission, Texas in connection with a failed drug smuggling attempt of nearly 130 pounds of alleged marijuana.
“I commend our officers for their roles in seizing these narcotics that were found hidden within this vehicle,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “This is yet another example of their true dedication and commitment to safeguard our border.”
On Feb. 19, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge referred a male U.S. citizen driving a tan 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan for secondary inspection. With the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system and further examination, officers discovered 48 packages of alleged marijuana hidden within the minivan. CBP OFO removed and seized the narcotics which have an estimated street value of $26,000 and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP OFO arrested the Mission resident who was ultimately released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents 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 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.