HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized over $160,000 worth of methamphetamine and arrested a man from Edinburg, Texas this weekend.
The seizure occurred on Saturday morning, January 12, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge when CBP officers encountered a 25-year-old male driving a white 2004 Volkswagen Jetta. The driver presented his lawful permanent resident card and was referred to secondary for a more thorough examination. During the course of the examination and having utilized the vehicle X-Ray system, officers discovered six packages weighing approximately 4.93 kilograms (10.87 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine which were hidden within the vehicle's battery. CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
The adult male was arrested and released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"This was another well concealed load of narcotics which our officers intercepted this weekend having utilized all available tools and resources," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Drug smugglers attempt to bring in their loads in small quantities and it's up to us at CBP to disrupt and hinder those attempts and keep our communities safe."
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.