HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted $1,980,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine and arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with the failed drug smuggling attempt.
"Finding hard narcotics hidden in shampoo bottles may seem strange but it is not unique,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Encountering drugs hidden this way illustrates both the creativity and desperation of the drug smuggling organizations and the skill of CBP Field Operations in shutting down these attempts.”
The seizure occurred on March 10 after CBP officers encountered an 18-year-old male Mexican citizen arriving in a taxicab from Mexico at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. After noticing that the traveler had two boxes of horse shampoo, he was referred for further inspection. During the course of the secondary examination, officers discovered that the shampoo bottles contained alleged methamphetamine, and ultimately 98.60 pounds of the drug were seized.
CBP OFO arrested the young man, who was turned 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.