HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge made a sweet discovery when officers seized $396,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine that was packed in candy bags.
“This was definitely a creative means of attempting to smuggle drugs into the country,” said Port Director Efrain Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “This is another prime example of how drug smugglers utilize their imagination to attempt to circumvent detection and further illustrates that vigilance is paramount in suppressing those actions.”
CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on Feb. 4 encountered a 45-year-old man from the State of Mexico arriving through the pedestrian walkway. During the initial inspection, officers noticed that the traveler had several bags containing assorted candies. Further examination resulted in the discovery of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the candy bags. CBP officers seized a total of approximately 28.30 pounds of the narcotic.
CBP OFO arrested the man from Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico and ultimately released him 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.