HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge Cargo Facility seized alleged methamphetamine valued at $639,334 and arrested a man at the Hidalgo International Bridge from El Salvador for attempted entry posing as U.S. citizen in separate, unrelated incidents.
“This was an outstanding hard narcotic seizure and another great detection of an attempt to gain entry to our country posing as a U.S. citizen. Our officers’ attention to detail leads to outstanding interceptions,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Friday, Jan. 19, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a 25-year-old man traveling as a pedestrian as he applied for admission into the U.S. The man indicated that he was a United States citizen, and presented a U.S. birth certificate and Social Security card as proof of citizenship and identity. The primary CBP officer referred him to Passport Control Secondary (PCS) for further inspection.
System checks of national law enforcement databases revealed the man is an El Salvador national who was previously removed in 2014.
CBP officers arrested the man and was taken into custody for violations of U.S. immigration law.
The narcotic seizure occurred on Jan. 18, when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 2009 Kenworth tractor trailer. After the conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers discovered eight packages containing 31.96 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the trailer. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $639,334.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the conveyance, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special 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.