HIDALGO, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized over $80,000 worth of methamphetamine and arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
The incident occurred on Sunday morning, July 14, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge when CBP officers encountered a 32-year-old male Mexican citizen arriving from Reynosa at the pedestrian walkway. The adult male presented his Mexican border-crossing card and was then referred to secondary for further inspection. During the process of the secondary examination, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics strapped to his lower body and four packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 2.50 kilograms (5.51 lbs.) with an estimated street value of $83,000 were seized.
CBP arrested the man and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"Our officers' outstanding state of alertness and attention to detail enabled them to intercept these hard narcotics and keep yet another batch of drugs from crossing our border," said Efrain Solis Jr., 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.