HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Pharr International Bridges intercepted $757,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine and cocaine in two separate, unrelated incidents this weekend.
“CBP Field Operations is at the frontline when dealing with intercepting narcotics coming into our country and our officers pride themselves in making a difference in this battle,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr /Anzalduas.
On Feb. 1, 2020 at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge CBP officers referred a red Dodge Avenger driven by a 56-year-old man from Mexico City for a secondary inspection. A thorough inspection resulted in officers discovering 26.41 pounds (11.98 kg) of alleged methamphetamine and 5 pounds (2.26 kg) of alleged cocaine hidden within the vehicle. These drugs have a combined street valued of $566,500.
The second interception, also on Feb.1, was at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. CBP officers encountered a 37-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen from McAllen, Texas driving a gray 2014 Nissan Sentra arriving from Reynosa. A subsequent secondary inspection which included the assistance of a (canine team) resulted in officers discovering ten packages weighing 24.7 pounds (11.20 kg) of alleged cocaine hidden within the car’s gas tank. These narcotics are valued at $190,500.
CBP OFO seized all the narcotics, the vehicles and arrested the two persons involved in the failed drug smuggling attempts. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) continue with these investigations.
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.