HIDALGO,TX — Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a Pharr, Texas man in connection with a failed drug smuggling attempt of marijuana.
The incident occurred on Saturday morning, February 22, 2014 after CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a white 1999 Ford Expedition driven by a 36-year-old male United States citizen. After presenting a State of Texas issued driver’s license, the driver and Expedition were referred to secondary for further inspection. While inspecting the SUV, CBP officers noted discrepancies in the roof area, which led to the discovery of concealed, suspected packages of narcotics. CBP-OFO removed 51 packages of alleged marijuana, weighing approximately 55.94 kilograms (123.33 lbs.), which carry an estimated street value of $123,000. The narcotics and vehicle were both seized.
CBP-OFO arrested the male and he was released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.