Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized alleged methamphetamine and cocaine with an estimated street value of $349,000 and arrested a man from McAllen, Texas on Monday.
On Monday evening, November 12, 2012 CBP officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a 2005 white Acura ARL driven by a 37-year-old male United States citizen from McAllen. The driver and lone occupant presented a U.S. passport and was referred to secondary for a more intensive inspection. In secondary officers discovered 16 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 8.16 kilograms (18 pounds) and one of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 1.12 kilograms (2.47 pounds) which were hidden within the vehicle. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $270,000 and $79,000 for the cocaine. CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle as well.
The adult male traveler was released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"The attention to detail and the ability to detect anomalies is how our officers are able to make seizures like this," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Great persistence, perseverance and the outstanding commitment to help protect our communities from these dangerous drugs is what our CBP officers do routinely."
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 keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.