Hidalgo, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, working at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a man from Humble, Texas in connection with a failed smuggling attempt of $298,000 worth of methamphetamine.
“Our frontline officers have detected this compact but significant quantity of hard narcotics and having seized it, has allowed CBP to thwart another attempt to introduce these illicit drugs into our streets,” said Efrain Solis Jr. Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The incident occurred on Saturday, February 1, just before noon at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers encountered a white 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by a 46-year-old male United States citizen. The lone occupant and vehicle were referred to secondary for further inspection and it was there, and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system that officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the Cobalt. Officers extracted and seized eight packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 9 pounds and seized the Cobalt as well.
CBP arrested the driver 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.