HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested two female 25-year-old U.S. citizens after discovering they were attempting to smuggle $815,000 worth of alleged fentanyl and methamphetamine from Mexico.
“Keeping dangerous drugs such as fentanyl and methamphetamine from making their way into our communities is a top priority for CBP Field Operations,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
On Dec. 1, 2020, a CBP officer at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a woman from Mission, Texas driving a GMC Envoy SUV as she arrived from Mexico. The officer referred her for further inspection and officers conducting the secondary examination discovered the alleged fentanyl which totaled 6.27 pounds (18,542 pills by weight) and is valued at $175,500.
The following day at the same border crossing, CBP officers referred a woman from Houston, Texas driving a Ford Expedition for further inspection and the thorough secondary examination resulted in the discovery of 12 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 31.97 pounds (14.5 kg) hidden within the SUV. OFO seized the vehicle and the narcotics valued at $639,500.
CBP OFO seized all the narcotics and arrested the women who were turned over to the custody of agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) as they continue with the investigations.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.