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CBP Field Operations Seizes Narcotics Worth Nearly $800K at Hidalgo International Bridge

Release Date: 
March 10, 2020

HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested two men from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in separate, unrelated incidents in connection with two failed drug smuggling attempts of alleged methamphetamine and cocaine worth $796,800.

“These compact but significant interceptions of hard narcotics were accomplished due to great teamwork and outstanding perseverance from our frontline officers,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Keeping up with concealment trends requires great dedication to the CBP mission and our officers certainly display that attitude on a daily basis.”

Packages containing 33 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo International Bridge
Packages containing 33 pounds of
methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at
Hidalgo International Bridge.

On March 7, a CBP officer at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge referred a grey 2015 Ford Focus driven by 20-year-old male Mexican citizen for further inspection. With the assistance of a (canine team), officers discovered 24 packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the car. These drugs valued at $131,000 weighed 16.93 pounds (7.68 kg).

Days earlier at the same border crossing, CBP officers referred a 39-year-old man from Reynosa, Mexico and the blue Chrysler 200 he was driving for a secondary examination. Officers conducting the inspection located 17 packages weighing 33.29 pounds (15.10 kg) of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle. These narcotics have a street value of $665,800.

CBP OFO arrested both men and seized all the narcotics along with the vehicles. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) took custody of the drivers and continue with the investigations.

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Last modified: 
February 3, 2021