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