U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted $3,066,900 in alleged methamphetamine and cocaine in two separate smuggling attempts

“As cartels continue to attempt to smuggle narcotics through our border, our frontline CBP officers continue to remain vigilant and utilize inspections experience and technology to thwart smuggling attempts,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

On Aug. 24, 2021, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a white Ford F-150, arriving from Mexico driven by a 18-year-old male U.S. citizen. A CBP officer referred the conveyance for further inspection, which included utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment and screening by a (canine team). After physically inspecting the conveyance, CBP officers discovered 91.88 pounds (41.68 kg) of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle.

The next day, on Aug. 25, 2021, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a tan colored Dodge Journey, arriving from Mexico driven by a 53-year-old female U.S. citizen. A CBP officer referred the conveyance for further inspection, which included utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment and screening by a (canine team). After physically inspecting the conveyance, CBP officers discovered 168.45 pounds (76.41 kg) of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics and vehicles. Both drivers were arrested and the cases remain under investigation by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).