U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes $500K in methamphetamine
HIDALGO,TX — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a man from Lake Worth, Fla. after discovering $531,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed within a Ford Windstar he was driving.
“Our frontline CBP officers accomplished this compact yet significant seizure of alleged methamphetamine as a result of outstanding teamwork and keen observational skills,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Although not demonstrative in quantity, this interception is indicative of the small load concept utilized in the attempts to circumvent detection.”
CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on Monday, June 9 came in contact with a brown 2002 Ford Windstar minivan driven by a 21-year-old male United States citizen from Florida. A CBP officer referred him and the minivan to secondary for further inspection after presenting a State of Florida identification card and United States birth certificate. During the examination and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the Windstar. CBP-OFO removed and seized 14 packages of alleged methamphetamine which weighed approximately 16.58 pounds and seized the Ford minivan as well.
CBP Field Operations at Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.