HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a woman from McAllen, Texas who allegedly attempted to smuggle more than $100,000 worth of methamphetamine.
The incident occurred on Thursday evening, Jan. 24, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge when a 21-year-old female United States citizen arrived at the pedestrian lanes. The adult female presented a state of Texas issued driver's license and U.S. birth certificate and a CBP officer referred to her to secondary for further inspection. During the secondary inspection process, officers discovered four packages weighing approximately 3.76 kilograms (8.29 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine which were concealed on her person, under her clothing. CBP seized the narcotics which have an estimated street value of $124,000.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested the adult female and released her to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.
"Our officers' astute sense of awareness and exceptional observational skills have resulted in this outstanding seizure of more hard narcotics," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "This is yet another small but significant interception of drugs we have kept out of our communities."
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.