HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo port of entry on Saturday seized marijuana valued at more than $233,000 during a routine vehicle inspection.
On Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Hidalgo International Bridge, a CBP officer referred a 2006 white Pontiac Vibe driven by a 20-year-old United States citizen from McAllen, Texas for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers noted discrepancies in two large religious statues found within the vehicle. CBP officers conducted an intensive examination and discovered 73 bundles hidden within the statues containing a total of 105.90 kilograms (233.469 pounds) of alleged marijuana. The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of $233,469.
CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"CBP officers' training prepares them to be alert to different, sometimes unusual items being used as vessels for the attempted introduction of illicit narcotics into the country. I congratulate our officers for their vigilance and for a job well done with the interception of these dangerous drugs at our port of entry," said Efrain Solis, port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
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.