Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized approximately $480,000 worth of alleged liquid methamphetamine and arrested two female taxi passengers in connection with the seizure.
On Monday morning, October 29, a Mexican-based taxicab arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge with two adult female passengers, a 21-year-old Mexican national lawful permanent resident from Houston and a 23-year-old United States citizen from Los Angeles. The two female travelers, who are sisters, were referred to secondary for a more thorough examination. In secondary CBP officers discovered a total of 10 bottles of flavored water in their luggage which contained alleged liquid methamphetamine. One female's luggage contained five bottles weighing approximately 7.38 kilograms (16.25 pounds) and the other's also contained five bottles weighing approximately 7.14 kilograms (15.75 pounds). CBP seized the narcotics which have a combined total weight of 14.52 kilograms (32 pounds) and an estimated street value of $480,000.
The two adult females were released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"Our officers' excellent inspectional skills and outstanding observational techniques have allowed us to make this exceptional seizure," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Smugglers will utilize all kinds of methods in their attempts to bring drugs across the border and it's up to us to keep up with those trends and help keep 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.