HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a man from Mission, Texas after discovering nearly 116 pounds of alleged marijuana that was hidden within a pickup truck he was driving.
“Being able to utilize all available tools and resources and above all, the officers’ experience is how most of our seizures are accomplished at our international bridges,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
This seizure occurred on Feb. 13, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers encountered a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen from Mission arriving from Mexico in a white 2005 Ford Ranger. After referring the vehicle for further inspection and with the assistance from a canine team, officers discovered packages of alleged marijuana hidden within the tires of the Ford pickup. CBP OFO removed and seized a total of 90 packages which carry an estimated street value of $23,000 and seized the pickup as well.
CBP OFO arrested the man who was subsequently 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.