CBP seizes close to $1.5 Million in methamphetamine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

POSTED: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 8:03am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 7:44am

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridges arrested a 28-year-old woman after discovering $1,143,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine within the Chevy pickup she was driving.

“This was an outstanding interception of hard narcotics that our frontline officers accomplished utilizing exceptional observational skills, all available tools and resources and above all, great teamwork,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

On Thursday evening, July 24, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a female U.S. citizen from Moultrie, Ga. as the driver of a white 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The woman presented her U.S. passport and she was referred to secondary for further examination where officers, with the assistance of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, discovered a compartment filled with alleged crystal methamphetamine. CBP-OFO seized the narcotics which weighed approximately 35.71 pounds and seized the pickup as well.

CBP-OFO arrested the woman who was then released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.

CBP is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.

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