Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges seized approximately 19.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 84.2 pounds of marijuana in two separate and unrelated enforcement actions this last weekend.
On Sept. 9, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2005 Honda Acura and its driver, a 41-year-old Mexican citizen from Dallas, Texas. A CBP officer referred the male driver and vehicle to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized 14 packages of alleged methamphetamine that were found hidden inside the vehicle. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $292,991.
On Sept. 11, a CBP officer working at the Anzalduas/Reynosa International Bridge referred a 1977 Ford Expedition and its driver, a 34-year-old Mexican citizen from Houston, Texas to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized 26 packages of alleged marijuana that were found hidden inside the vehicle's gas tank. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $67,372.
CBP officers seized both vehicles and transferred the two male drivers to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
Efrain Solis Jr., CBP port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas said, "Our officers did extraordinary enforcement work this last weekend. I congratulate them for their work in securing our nation's borders and for preventing these two loads of dangerous drugs from entering our country."
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.