HOUSTON, Texas — A Houston man was arrested with over $3.2 million in liquid methamphetamine concealed within the gas tank of an SUV he was driving at a Texas-Mexico border crossing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced yesterday.
The seizure occurred on January 30, 2020, when a 49-year-old Houston man and United States citizen, who was not identified by CBP, attempted to enter the United States from Mexico at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in a 2002 Ford Expedition.
A CBP officer working the international crossing referred the man for further examination and, while utilizing non-intrusive imaging, officers discovered liquid methamphetamine concealed in the SUV's gas tank.
"The extraction of the narcotics resulted in 163 pounds (73.94 kg), which were placed in four plastic buckets," stated CBP which estimated the value of the liquid methamphetamine at $3,260,000.
“As persistent drug smugglers continue their pursuit of attempting to bring dangerous narcotics across the border, our frontline officers at CBP Field Operations are just as relentless in keeping our communities drug-free,” stated Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The methamphetamine and vehicle were seized and the driver was arrested. The case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.