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Customs and Border Protection Officers at Hidalgo Seize Marijuana from Tires

Release Date: 
May 20, 2012

Hidalgo, Texas - Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized approximately 138 pounds of marijuana and arrested a Reynosa man this weekend.

The estimated street value of the marijuana is just over $110,000.

CBP officers at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge seized approximately 35 packages of marijuana, which were concealed within the tires of a vehicle.

On May 20, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 37-year-old male Mexican citizen. The driver, from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, presented his border crossing card and was subsequently referred for further inspection. Officers discovered and seized approximately 35 packages of marijuana, which were concealed within all four of the vehicle's tires. The estimated street value of the marijuana is just over $110,000. CBP seized the vehicle.

The driver was released to the custody of Homeland-Security Investigations agents for further investigation.

Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas said, "I commend our frontline officers for their excellent work in interdicting narcotics. Their commitment to keep drugs from entering our country is demonstrated every time an interception like this is made."

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017