Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge seized approximately 12 pounds of alleged methamphetamine on Tuesday. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $179,000.
On November 15, a beige 1999 Chevrolet pickup occupied by two females arrived at the Hidalgo International Bridge. The driver, a 54-year-old U.S. citizen from Edinburg, Texas, and passenger, a Mexican citizen, 61, from San Juan, Texas, were referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, CBP officers found and seized 10 packages of alleged methamphetamine that were concealed in the pockets of the shorts they were wearing under their skirts. Each female had five packages for a combined weight of approximately 11.95 pounds of the narcotics. CBP officers seized the vehicle as well.
The women were both transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICD-HSI) for further investigation.
Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr said, "This seizure of hard narcotics is an excellent example of the keen observational techniques our officers possess. Noticing inconsistencies and learning to read people's body expressions are fundamentals that our officers learn and develop extremely well. These narcotics were kept off our streets and ultimately our communities are safer."
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.