HIDALGO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges arrested two people in connection with two failed separate, unrelated drug smuggling attempts of alleged methamphetamine and cocaine valued at $4,662,000.
“These two interceptions of hard narcotics are the result of hard work and determination by our frontline officers to keep our borders safe. Narcotics interdiction is one of many disciplines within Field Operations’ multi-faceted border security mission,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.READ MORE: Family Battles Scarborough Renaissance Festival And Texas Law Over Sexual Assault On Fairgrounds
On May 5, 2021, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge referred a 37-year-old male U.S. citizen from McAllen driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck for further examination. A canine team assisting in the secondary inspection allowed the officers to find a total of 94 packages weighing 216 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the pickup. These narcotics are valued at $4,317,000.READ MORE: Teen Jeremiah Tabb Arrested While In Summer School In Connection To Downtown Austin Shooting
That same day at the Anzalduas International Bridge, a CBP officer referred a 21-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen from Reynosa, Mexico driving a Chrysler 200 for a more thorough examination which resulted in the discovery on 18 packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the sedan. These drugs weighed 45 pounds and are valued at $345,000.MORE NEWS: Heated Debate Over Leadership Positions During New Dallas Council's First Meeting
CBP OFO seized all the narcotics, the vehicles and arrested the two persons involved in the failed drug smuggling attempts. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations took them into custody as they continue with the investigations.