HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized $143,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine from a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man.
"This compact but significant interception of hard narcotics was accomplished due to great teamwork and outstanding perseverance from our frontline officers," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Detecting these type of concealment methods requires great dedication to the CBP mission and our officers certainly display that attitude on a daily basis."
The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, October 23, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers encountered a black 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen. After presenting his Mexican border-crossing card, a CBP officer referred him to secondary for further inspection. During the process of the secondary examination and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system and all available resources, officers discovered alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle. CBP removed and seized six packages weighing approximately 4.32 kilograms (9.52 lbs.) and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP arrested the male traveler and subsequently 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.