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CBP Officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge Seize Methamphetamine and Foil Child Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
December 10, 2012

Hidalgo, Texas - Officers with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized over $250,000 worth of methamphetamine and detected a child smuggling attempt in two separate, unrelated incidents this weekend.

The first incident occurred on Friday morning, December 7, 2012, when a white 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 22-year-old male United States citizen from Dallas, Texas arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. The lone occupant presented a U.S. passport to the CBP officer and was referred to secondary for a more thorough examination. It was there that officers discovered two packages weighing approximately 7.80 kilograms (17.20 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine which were concealed within the vehicle. CBP seized the narcotics with an estimated street value of $258,000, as well as the vehicle.

The second incident also occurred on Friday, December 7, later that morning, at the same border crossing. CBP officers encountered a green 2012 Ford Windstar driven by a 24-year-old female United States citizen from Edinburg, Texas, with a 23-year-old female also from Edinburg. Each adult female was traveling with two minor female children, who they claimed as their children, and U.S. birth certificates were presented for all of them. The vehicle was referred to secondary for further inspection and document review of all the occupants. In secondary officers discovered that one of the minor females who the adult passenger claimed as her child was not related to her but was in fact a citizen from Guatemala without valid documents to enter or reside legally in the United States.

The adult male traveler was released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation. The two adult female travelers were incarcerated pending appearance before a U.S. Federal magistrate on criminal charges for alleged violation of U.S. immigration law. The seven year-old minor Guatemalan child was released to a U.S. Health and Human Services-Office of Resettlement (HHS-ORR) facility where she willl be housed temporarily. The three U.S. citizen female minors were released to immediate family members who arrived at the port of entry.

"This was an excellent seizure of narcotics that was discovered by our officers and kept off the streets this weekend," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Another failed child smuggling attempt was disrupted due to the outstanding observational techniques and exceptional interviewing skills of our frontline officers. These alleged smugglers will all face criminal prosecution for their roles in these illicit activities."

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017