HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted a load of marijuana worth close to $50,000 in a GMC SUV that was arriving from Mexico.
“Our officers’ continued vigilance and commitment to the CBP mission has resulted in the discovery of these illicit drugs which were being smuggled from Mexico,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On March 1, CBP officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a blue GMC Yukon driven by a 38-year-old woman from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico as she attempted to enter the U.S. After being referred for further inspection, and with the assistance from a canine team, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden throughout the vehicle. A total of 117 packages of alleged marijuana were removed and seized along with the GMC SUV. CBP officers seized a total of approximately 244 pounds of the drug, which carries an estimated street value of $49,000.
CBP OFO arrested the woman 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.