HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized $286,000 worth of liquid methamphetamine and arrested a female United States citizen in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt.
The incident occurred on Monday evening, March 4, when a 20-year-old female U.S. citizen, who resides in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge as a pedestrian. The female presented her U.S. passport to the CBP officer who then referred her to secondary for a more thorough examination. In the process of inspecting her duffel bags, officers discovered six bottles of flavored water, which were later determined to contain alleged liquid methamphetamine. CBP-OFO seized the narcotics, which had an approximate weight of 8.64 kilograms (19.05 pounds).
CBP-OFO officers arrested the adult female and subsequently released her to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"We have encountered this smuggling method previously and our officers' astute sense of awareness and inquisitiveness has resulted in the discovery and seizure of these dangerous drugs," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Smuggling organizations will utilize a myriad of methods in their attempts to bring their drugs across the border and it's up to us at CBP to keep up with those trends."
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.