HIDALGO, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a Sonora, Mexico man after $918,000 worth of methamphetamine were discovered within the Chrysler sedan he was driving.
“Our frontline officers’ outstanding commitment towards the CBP mission has enabled them to effect this interception of hard narcotics, although compact in quantity, but still significant in our efforts to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities,” said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzaldaus.
On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 24, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a green 1997 Chrysler Stratus driven by a 47-year-old male Mexican citizen. The adult male presented a Mexican passport with U.S. visa and was referred to secondary for a more thorough examination. While performing the secondary examination, and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, CBP officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the Stratus. Officers extracted and seized 115 small, thin packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 13.02 kilograms (28.70 lbs.) and seized the Chrysler as well.
CBP arrested the male traveler and then 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.