HIDALGO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 25-year-old man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas Mexico in connection with a failed drug smuggling attempt of methamphetamine worth $1,022,000.
“Our officers’ incomparable sense of awareness and outstanding ability to work as a team has enabled them to accomplish this excellent seizure of yet more hard narcotics,” said Sylvia Briones., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Being able to detect anomalies during an inspection, along with persistence, is the key to detecting contraband and keeping it out of our communities.”
The seizure occurred on Sunday afternoon, April 14, 2019 after CBP officers encountered a man arriving from Mexico at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in a blue Ford 500 sedan. The driver was referred to secondary for a more thorough examination and during the process of the inspection and with the assistance of a (canine team), officers discovered compartments in the vehicle filled with suspected narcotics. CBP officers removed and seized 40 packages of alleged methamphetamine, which weighed 51 pounds (23.16 kg.) and also seized the vehicle.
CBP-OFO arrested the male traveler who was released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.