PHARR, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Hidalgo, Pharr, Anzalduas Port of Entry encountered a traveler with aloe vera juice bottles with an unusual ingredient, nearly 10 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine.
“Our CBP officers continue to see unique smuggling techniques; it is amazing to see to what depths smuggling organizations would go to attempt to bring drugs into our country,” said Port Director Efrain Solis, Hidalgo, Pharr, Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred at Pharr International Bridge on Sept. 20, when CBP officers referred a 45-year-old male Mexican citizen from Cleveland, Texas for a secondary inspection. CBP officers conducted a thorough examination and with the help of a canine team, discovered 9.8 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine in aloe vera bottles within his luggage. The narcotics carry an estimated street value of $204,587.
CBP OFO seized the drugs. The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
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.