IRVING, Texas — An Irving man was arrested at a Texas-Mexico border crossing while hauling nearly $1.5 million in methamphetamine last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today.

On May 28, 2020, a white Ford van entered the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas, from Mexico. CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers referred the van for a secondary inspection.

During that inspection, officers located 62 packages of alleged methamphetamine hidden with the van. Those packages weighed 72.53 pounds and were estimated by CBP as having a street value of $1,451,000.

The driver of the van, only identified by CBP as a 52-year-old U.S. citizen from Irving, Texas, was arrested and turned over to the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation. The van and narcotics were seized.

“Our frontline officers’ resiliency and dedication to help keep dangerous drugs from crossing our international borders was once again demonstrated this weekend with the interception of these loads of hard narcotics,” stated Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas.

In three separate incidents, including this incident involving the Irving resident, CBP seized nearly $2 million in methamphetamine and Hidalgo and Pharr, Texas, border crossings last week.