HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized $200,000 worth of methamphetamine and arrested an Edinburg, Texas man in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt.
CBP officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge working the pedestrian lanes encountered a 48-year-old male United States citizen from Edinburg on Tuesday, February 26, around noon. Officers examined a small table the adult traveler was carrying utilizing the X-Ray system. After further inspection, packages containing alleged methamphetamine were discovered concealed within a hollow space of the table. CBP seized the narcotics, which had an approximate weight of 5.76 kilograms (12.70 pounds) and an estimated street value of $200,000.
CBP officers arrested the adult male and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"This was an excellent and unusual seizure of narcotics that our officers were able to detect, thus preventing these harmful drugs from entering into our communities," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "We continue to see these small quantities of narcotics being attempted to be smuggled across our border and our officers have once again prevailed."
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.