HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized over 400 pounds of alleged marijuana and close to four pounds of alleged methamphetamine in two separate, unrelated incidents this weekend.
“These two great discoveries of narcotics are indicative of the different situational encounters with drugs our officers are challenged with at our international bridges,” said Port Director Efrain Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Every drug interception is critical, whether it’s one pound or one ton, CBP is committed to keeping our country safe.”
The most recent seizure occurred on Jan. 31 after CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 35-year-old man from Coahuila, Mexico driving a commercial bus. After utilizing the vehicle non-intrusive imaging system and a canine team, officers discovered 171 packages of alleged marijuana hidden within the bus. CBP OFO seized approximately 408 pounds of marijuana, which carry an estimated street value of $82,000 and seized the bus as well.
The second seizure occurred on Jan. 29 at the same border crossing after CBP officers came in contact with a 28-year-old male U.S. citizen from Minnesota, at the pedestrian walkway. A CBP officer secured the man after noting bulges on his lower back and a subsequent search revealed three packages of alleged methamphetamine strapped to his body. CBP OFO seized the 3.49 pounds of narcotics which have an estimated street value of $70,000.
CBP OFO arrested both men who were ultimately releases 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.