HIDALGO, Texas — Nearly $6 million in methamphetamine and cocaine was seized in three separate incidents during a 72-hour period at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge at the Texas-Mexico border.
Two Mexican citizens from Reynosa and a female United States citizen were arrested as a result of the seizures.
The first incident occurred on October 12, 2019, when a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International BRidge referred a 24-year-old man driving a white 2014 Ford Focus for a secondary inspection. That inspection, which included the use of non-intrusive imaging (NII), resulted in the discovery of 13 packages of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle. The cocaine weighed 32.36 pounds and had an estimated street value of $250,000.
Later that same evening, CBP officers at the same border crossing referred a 28-year-old woman driving a silver 2008 Toyota Corolla arriving from Mexico for secondary inspection. During that inspection, with assistance of a canine team, CBP officers discovered 20 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 152 pounds valued at $3,050,000.
Two days later, on October 14, 2019, a 24-year-old Houston, Texas, woman driving a green 1997 Ford Explorer arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge and was referred for secondary inspection. There, CBP officers discovered 126.72 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine, valued at $2,535,000, concealed within the SUV's gas tank.
In total, over a 72-hour span, CBP officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge crossing at the Texas-Mexico border seized methamphetamine and cocaine with an estimated total street value of $5,835,000.
“These were outstanding interceptions of hard narcotics that our frontline officers accomplished utilizing exceptional observational skills, all available tools and resources and above all, great teamwork,” stated Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/ Pharr/ Anzalduas.
The three drivers were arrested and released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation. The narcotics and vehicles involved in the smuggling were seized.