HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges arrested two women after seizing $250,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine in two separate, unrelated incidents.
“As smugglers continue to attempt to introduce illegal narcotics into our country, our officers remain vigilant and are determined to make interceptions. I commend our officers for their tenacity towards the CBP mission of keeping drugs from entering our country,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The first incident occurred when CBP officers assigned to the pedestrian walkway at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on May 12 encountered a 19-year-old woman, a United States citizen from San Juan, Texas as she attempted to enter the United States from Mexico. After referring her for further inspection and with the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered two packages weighing just over one pound (540.29 grams) of suspected narcotics concealed on her body. CBP OFO seized the two packages of alleged methamphetamine which have an estimated street value of $24,000.
The second interception occurred the same day but at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge. CBP officers encountered a 25-year-old woman from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico driving a grey 2008 Dodge Avenger arriving from Mexico. With the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging inspection system (NII), and the assistance of a canine team, CBP officers discovered possible narcotics within the vehicle. A total of five packages containing a total of 11 pounds of alleged methamphetamine were removed from the vehicle. The alleged narcotics carry an estimated street value of $226,000.
CBP OFO seized all the narcotics, the vehicle and arrested both women, who were turned over 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.