CBP Field Operations Seizes Hard Narcotics Worth over $3.5 Million at Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges
HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges hampered the smuggling of methamphetamine and heroin worth $3,786,000 in two separate, unrelated incidents this past weekend.
“These were two significant interceptions of hard narcotics that our frontline officers accomplished this weekend at two of our international bridges,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “I commend our officers’ rock-solid commitment to CBP’s border security mission and great teamwork that allowed them to detect these drugs.”
On Nov. 30, 2019 CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge referred a 25-year-old female United States citizen from Pharr, Texas and the blue 2013 Dodge Avenger for a secondary examination. Utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment as part of the inspection allowed the officers to discover 53 packages weighing 121.5 pounds (55.12 kg) of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the car. These narcotics have a street value of $2,430,000.
The following day, at the Anzalduas International Bridge, a CBP officer referred a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by a 21-year-old man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico for further inspection.
With the assistance of a (canine team), officers discovered 50 packages of alleged methamphetamine and one package of alleged heroin concealed within the pickup. The value of the 63.4 pounds (28.76 kg) of methamphetamine is $1,268,000 and $88,000 for the 2.2 pounds (1 kg) of heroin.
CBP Field Operations seized all the narcotics, both vehicles and arrested the two persons involved in the failed drug smuggling attempts. The man and woman were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) 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 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.