HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 45-year-old man from Matamoros, Mexico in connection with a failed smuggling attempt of alleged methamphetamine worth $2,523,000.
“Our frontline CBP officers continue to maintain constant vigilance and awareness to uphold CBP’s border security mission while facilitating legitimate trade and travelers at our ports of entry,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Although balancing facilitation with enforcement can be a sometimes difficult task, our officers are always ready for the challenge.”
On Sept. 25, 2020, the man arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge driving a Chevy pickup truck and a CBP officer referred him for further inspection. A thorough secondary inspection utilizing all available tools and resources, including a (canine team), resulted in officers discovering 24 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 126.15 pounds (57.22 kg) hidden within the pickup’s tires.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the pickup truck and arrested the driver, turning him over to the custody of special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as they continue with the investigation.