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CBP Field Operations Seizes $1.6 Million in Methamphetamine at Hidalgo International Bridge

Release Date: 
September 24, 2018

HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 59-year-old man from Hidalgo, Texas in connection with a failed drug smuggling attempt of 114 pounds of methamphetamine.

“This exceptional interception of hard narcotics, although not unique in creativity, is still an outstanding effort from our frontline officers in being able to detect and interdict a significant quantity of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Andres Guerra, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Through the effective application of inspections experience and high-tech tools our officers prevented dangerous hard narcotics from entering into our communities.”

Packages containing 114 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo International Bridge
Packages containing 114 pounds of
methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at
Hidalgo International Bridge.

CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on Sep. 20 encountered a 59-year-old male legal permanent resident Mexican national returning from Mexico in a grey 2004 Chevy pickup truck. A secondary inspection utilizing non-intrusive imaging technology systems (NII) resulted in the discovery of 54 packages of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the Chevy truck. The estimated street value is $1.6 million.

CBP OFO arrested the Hidalgo resident and subsequently turned the case over to the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents for further investigation.

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September 24, 2018