HIDALGO, Texas — An 18-year-old woman was arrested at the Texas-Mexico border with nearly $1.3 million in methamphetamine concealed in her vehicle's tires, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The seizure and arrest occurred on May 9, 2021, at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. There, CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) agents referred the 18-year-old Edinburg, Texas, woman for a secondary inspection. That inspection included a non-intrusive imaging (NII) examination which resulted in the discovery of 24 packages concealed within the vehicle's tires.
The 24 packages contained 64.86 pounds of suspected methamphetamine which federal agents estimated carried a $1,297,000 street value.
The narcotics and vehicle were seized and the woman was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.
“Young people getting involved in illicit activities such as these must realize that there are consequences that could possibly impact the rest of your life,” stated Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas, of the news. “CBP highly encourages everyone not to fall prey to these smuggling organizations who promise quick financial gains on their behalf.”