Hidalgo, TX. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo port of entry on Tuesday seized methamphetamine valued at nearly half a million dollars during a routine vehicle inspection.
The seizure occurred on Dec. 6, at Hidalgo International Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old Mexican citizen from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers noted discrepancies in the vehicle's undercarriage. CBP officers conducted an intensive examination and discovered 14 bundles containing a total of 32 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine hidden in the muffler. The methamphetamine has an estimated street valued of $483,000.
CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"This seizure comes on the heels of two other Meth seizures at the port totaling 42 pounds in a seven-day period," said Sylvia Briones, Acting CBP port director, Hidalgo. "These seizures illustrate the gravity of the hard narcotics threat our officer's face on a daily basis and their determination to interdict these drugs at the border."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.