HIDALGO, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge detected and seized $1,850,000 worth of methamphetamine that was discovered in a vehicle arriving from Mexico.
“Our officers’ outstanding tenacity and perseverance was once again demonstrated with this great interception of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Sylvia Briones, Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas Port of Entry. ”Working as a team and utilizing all available tools and resources enables our officers to succeed in this battle.”
CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on May 7 referred a 20-year-old man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and the silver Nissan Juke he was driving for further inspection. During the secondary inspection, which included the assistance of a (canine team), officers discovered 48 packages of alleged methamphetamine that were concealed within the vehicle. The total weight of the drugs is 92.51 pounds (41.96 kg).
CBP OFO seized the alleged methamphetamine along with the vehicle and arrested the Reynosa resident. The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents.
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.