HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges intercepted $95,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine and marijuana in two separate, unrelated incidents this weekend. CBP OFO arrested two people in connection with these failed drug smuggling attempts.
“Our alert frontline officers have demonstrated great awareness and determination in helping keep dangerous drugs from crossing our borders and filtering into our country, possibly causing harm in our communities,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The first seizure occurred on Nov. 13 after CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 21-year-old man arriving from Mexico through the pedestrian lanes. The Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico presented his border crossing card and after a brief primary inspection, officers noted irregularities with the man’s clothing and referred him for a secondary inspection. It was there that officers discovered two packages of alleged methamphetamine hidden on the man’s body. CBP OFO removed and seized the narcotics which weighed approximately 2.55 pounds and have an estimated street value of $51,000.
The second seizure occurred on Nov. 14 at the Anzalduas International Bridge. A CBP officer referred a white 1990 Chevy Silverado driven by a 24-year-old male U.S. citizen from San Juan, Texas for a secondary examination. With the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system and a canine team, officers discovered 46 packages of alleged marijuana concealed within the pickup truck. CBP OFO seized the 219 pounds of marijuana which carry an estimated street value of $44,000 and seized the Chevy truck as well.
CBP OFO arrested both men, who were ultimately 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.