HIDALGO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico woman after discovering $536,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine concealed within a Jeep Compass she was driving.
“This load of hard narcotics was intercepted due to our officers’ excellent observational and questioning techniques,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “This interception was accomplished as a team effort but mainly as a result of the primary officer’s keen sense of detecting an anomaly in the initial interaction with the traveler.”
The incident occurred on June 12 after CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge referred a red 2007 Jeep Compass driven by a 39-year-old female Mexican citizen for a secondary inspection. In the process of examining the Jeep and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the Compass. CBP OFO removed and seized 24 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 26.80 pounds and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP OFO arrested the Reynosa resident and ultimately released her 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.