HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge recently arrested a woman from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico who allegedly attempted to smuggle approximately $85,000 worth of methamphetamine into the United States. In another unrelated incident at the same border crossing, CBP officers recently arrested a married couple who allegedly attempted to enter the U.S. utilizing documents not belonging to them.
The narcotics seizure/arrest occurred on Saturday evening, April 27, when a Mexican based taxicab arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge and the passenger, a 23-year-old female Mexican citizen, presented her Mexican passport with U.S. visa. After noting some irregularities, a CBP officer referred the adult female traveler to secondary for a more thorough examination. During the inspection, officers discovered packages strapped to her lower body. CBP officers recovered four packages of alleged methamphetamine, which weighed approximately 5.64 pounds.
On Friday evening, April 26, at the Hidalgo International Bridge border crossing, a married couple from Oaxaca, Mexico arrived via the pedestrian lanes. The adult male, age 23, and his wife, age 20, presented Mexican border crossing cards to the CBP officer who referred them to secondary for further document review after detecting discrepancies with the cards. After further inspection, CBP officers discovered that the two entry documents did not belong to the couple and that the husband and wife were Mexican citizens with no valid documents to enter or reside in the U.S.
CBP officers arrested all three alleged violators having released the woman associated with the narcotics to Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation. The married couple, with the fraudulent documents, was incarcerated pending appearance before a U.S. Federal Magistrate on criminal charges for alleged violation of U.S. immigration law.
"Both the failed narcotics smuggling attempt and the immigration violations were detected due to our officers' exceptional attention to detail," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Being able to detect inconsistencies and anomalies is how the majority of our interceptions are accomplished, thus allowing CBP-OFO to assist in keeping our communities safe."
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.