Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge seized 160.4 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $128,360.
On March 19, 2010, CBP officers at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 1999 Dodge pickup truck. The male driver was identified as a 23 year-old, U.S. citizen from Houston, Texas. The driver and vehicle were referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized 59 marijuana packages that were found hidden within the bed of the pickup truck. CBP officers seized the truck and marijuana.
The driver was turned over to ICE for further investigation.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP Port Director, Hidalgo, Pharr and Anzalduas said, "Our cadre of frontline officers remain focused and vigilant and continue securing our nation's borders by having intercepted this large amount of marijuana."
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.