U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted $1,100,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine.
“Our CBP officers used all of our available tools and resources to thwart this smuggling attempt and prevented these harmful narcotics from getting to American streets,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On March 13, 2022, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a white Jeep SUV man making entry from Mexico. A CBP officer referred the vehicle for further inspection. After physically inspecting the vehicle, which included utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment and screening by a (canine team), officers discovered nine packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 79 pounds (35.88 kg) concealed within the vehicle.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and vehicle, and the case remains under investigation by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).