HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Pharr International Bridge on Wednesday seized methamphetamine valued at approximately $282,400 during a routine vehicle inspection of a passenger vehicle.
On December 26, at the Pharr International Bridge a CBP officer came in contact with a green 2004 GMC Envoy driven by a man identified as a 33-year-old United States citizen from Pharr, Texas. A primary inspection of the GMC by CBP officers resulted in the vehicle and its sole occupant being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. During the secondary examination, CBP officers noted discrepancies within the vehicle. CBP officers conducted an intensive examination and discovered alleged liquid methamphetamine weighing a total of 8.54 kilograms (18.82 pounds) hidden within the GMC Envoy. The alleged liquid methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $282,400.
CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation. CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicle.
"Outstanding work by our CBP officer resulted in this seizure and arrest. I applaud our officers for their diligence and commitment to CBP's mission of protecting our nations' borders," said Efrain Solis, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
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.