HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge seized more than 59 pounds of methamphetamine, and officers at the Brownsville B&M/Matamoros International Bridge seized more than 20 pounds of cocaine on Tuesday. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $888,000, and $649,000 for the cocaine.
On March 27, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo Port of Entry encountered a northbound red 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by a 20-year-old female Mexican national from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The female traveler presented her border crossing card and a CBP officer referred the vehicle and driver to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers discovered and seized 21 packages weighing approximately 59.22 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle's quarter panels.
On the same date at the Brownsville B&M International Bridge, CBP officers came in contact with a red 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan driven by a male 21-year-old United States citizen from Brownsville, Texas. A CBP officer referred the vehicle and driver into secondary for a more thorough examination, where officers found eight packages weighing approximately 20.28 pounds of alleged cocaine within the vehicle's gas tank.
The vehicles were seized in both cases and both travelers were released to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
Gene Garza, Director of Field Operations, Laredo Field Office said, "Our officers' excellent inspectional and observational skills have allowed us to make these two hard narcotics seizures. Keeping these types of illicit drugs from crossing into the U.S. and off our streets is how CBP does its part in protecting our country's border."
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.