Hidalgo, Texas- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge seized approximately 33.8 pounds of crystal methamphetamine Thursday morning. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $507,939.
On Mar. 10, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2003 Ford Expedition and its driver, a 50-year-old Mexican citizen from Laredo, Texas. After the initial primary inspection, a CBP officer referred the driver and vehicle to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized 14 packages of alleged crystal methamphetamine that were found hidden within the vehicle. CBP officers also seized the Ford Expedition.
The male traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP port director, Hidalgo/Pharr said, "Our frontline officers continue doing great enforcement work and continue seizing significant amounts of hard narcotics." Mancha further said, "I commend our officers for their work in securing our nation's borders and for preventing these types of contraband from entering our country."
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.