HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo Bridge seized alleged crystal methamphetamines valued at approximately $119,700 during a routine inspection of a passenger vehicle.
On July 8, at Hidalgo International Bridge a CBP officer encountered a woman driving a green 1995 Chevrolet Camaro. The woman identified as a 27-year-old United States citizen from San Juan, Texas was selected for a secondary inspection. During the secondary examination, CBP officers discovered a hidden package concealed within the motor of the Camaro. CBP officers removed four the package containing a total of 3.62 kilograms (7.98 pounds) of alleged crystal methamphetamine. The alleged crystal methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $119,700.
CBP officers arrested the woman and turned her over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
"Our CBP officers on the frontline are instrumental to the detection of these types of hidden loads of narcotics and in arresting the alleged smuggler. I congratulate our officers for a superb job with this seizure of crystal methamphetamines and this arrest," said Efrain Solis, port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
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.