HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges seized $2,350,000 worth of alleged cocaine and methamphetamine in two separate, unrelated incidents and arrested three McAllen, Texas residents in connection with the failed drug smuggling attempts.
“These two significant interceptions of hard narcotics at two of our border crossings are indicative of the resiliency of our officers and their tireless efforts to prevent harmful drugs from entering our country,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The first seizure occurred on March 19, after CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a 46-year-old woman and her 20-year-old daughter, who arrived from Mexico in a silver 2004 BMW BX3 SUV. After referring the two women and the vehicle for a secondary examination, officers discovered 22 packages containing a total of nearly 60 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden within the SUV. CBP OFO seized the $460,000 worth of drugs.
The second seizure occurred on March 20, at the Anzalduas International Bridge. On this date, officers referred a blue 2007 Honda Ridgeline truck, driven by a 42-year-old man for further inspection. During the secondary examination, officers discovered 41 packages containing a total of nearly 95 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the Honda truck. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $1,890,000.
CBP OFO seized all the narcotics, both vehicles involved and arrested the three U.S. citizen travelers, who were ultimately released 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.