HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge discovered packages of alleged methamphetamine and marijuana with a combined street value of $334,000 concealed within a Ford pickup truck.
“These narcotics were intercepted and kept out of our communities due to our officers’ outstanding ability to detect irregularities and inconsistencies,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Nov. 23, 2020, a CBP officer at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge referred a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a Ford F-250 pickup truck for further inspection. A (canine team) assisted during the secondary examination and a thorough inspection resulted in officers discovering the narcotics. Officers removed 41 packages weighing 56 pounds (25.42 kg) of alleged marijuana and 14 packages weighing 16 pounds (7.32 kg) of alleged methamphetamine. The narcotics are valued at $11,000 and $323,000, respectively.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the pickup and arrested the driver, a McAllen, Texas resident. Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) took custody of the man and continue with the 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.