HIDALGO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo Port of Entry encountered a traveler with iced tea bottles containing 100 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine valued at $2,020,295.
"Our CBP officers continue to encounter unique smuggling techniques; it is astounding to see what smuggling organizations would allegedly do to attempt to introduce illegal narcotics into our country,” said Port Director Efrain Solis, Hidalgo, Pharr, Anzalduas Port of Entry. “I commend our CBP officers for their continued diligence in carrying out the CBP mission. These dangerous drugs will not make it into the U.S."
On January 18, CBP officers referred a white 2012 Ford Mustang to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 27-year-old male United States citizen from Mission, Texas. CBP officers conducted a thorough examination of the vehicle and items within the vehicles trunk and discovered 100 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine inside iced tea bottles.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned him 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.