ANZALDUAS, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Anzalduas International Bridge arrested a 22-year-old United States man, who resides in Reynosa, Mexico, after detecting $3,117,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden within the Chevy pickup he was driving.
“This was yet another example of the excellent work our officers perform daily as part of the regular duties of a CBP officer,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Not only are we responsible for facilitating legitimate trade and travel but simultaneously we enforce hundreds of U.S. regulations, which includes drug laws.”
On Nov. 14, CBP officers assigned to the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge referred a white 2004 Chevy Colorado and its sole occupant for further inspection. While inspecting the vehicle in secondary, which included a non-intrusive imaging system inspection (NII), officers discovered 20 packages of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the Chevy pickup. Officers removed and seized 155.82 pounds (70.68 kg) of the drug and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP OFO arrested the man and then turned him 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.