HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges arrested two women in connection with failed, unrelated drug smuggling attempts of hard narcotics worth $1,413,000
“These were two great interceptions of hard narcotics that our officers were able to detect and keep from entering our country and possibly causing harm to members of our community,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The first seizure occurred on Oct. 2, 2019 at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge. A CBP officer encountered a 40-year-old woman from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in a black 2018 Nissan March and a preliminary inspection revealed a suspicious package in the woman’s purse. The officer secured the woman, escorted her to secondary and the package resulted being alleged cocaine, weighing 2.64 pounds (1.2 kg). The value of the cocaine is $21,000.
On Oct. 3, at the Hidalgo International Bridge, a CBP officer referred a 20-year-old woman from Houston and the blue 2005 Ford F-150 she was driving for further inspection. A (canine team) assisting in the examination allowed officers to discover 52.38 pounds (23.76 kg) of alleged methamphetamine in bulk form and two packages of alleged heroin weighing 5.73 pounds (2.60 kg). The street value of the methamphetamine is $1,048,000 and $344,000 for the heroin.
CBP OFO seized all the narcotics, both vehicles and arrested the two women involved in the failed drug smuggling attempts. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) continues investigating these cases.
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.