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CBP Field Operations at Hidalgo International Bridge Seizes Over 100 Pounds of Marijuana

Release Date: 
February 17, 2016

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.

Packages containing more than 100 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry

Packages containing more than 100 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017