HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted $24,145 worth of alleged marijuana from a McAllen, Texas man as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
“Our frontline CBP officers’ experience and attention to detail are essential in interdicting illegal narcotics,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Being able to help keep drugs out of our communities is one of the many priorities within Field Operations.”
The seizure occurred on Aug. 2, after CBP officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 21-year-old male, United States citizen from McAllen, Texas. After referring the traveler and the grey 2004 Dodge Dakota he was driving for further inspection, CBP officers utilized available tools; a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system and the assistance of a canine team, which led to the discovery of 50 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 121 pounds within the truck.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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.