Hidalgo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridgeseized approximately 31 pounds of alleged methamphetamine early Wednesday morning. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $466,272.
On July 6, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2002 Lincoln Towncar 4-door sedan and its driver, a 37-year-old U.S. citizen from Galveston, Texas. After the initial primary inspection, a CBP officer referred the driver and vehicle to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized 24 packages of alleged methamphetamine that were found hidden within the vehicle's dashboard area. CBP officers also seized the Lincoln Towncar sedan.
The female traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
"Our frontline officers remain focused and vigilant and continue to intercept loads of hard narcotics such as this one," said Efrain Solis Jr., CBP Acting Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr. "I commend our cadre of officers for their great enforcement work and for their work in securing our nation's borders."
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.