HIDALGO,TX — Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a Pharr, Texas man after discovering $691,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed within the Ford F-150 pickup he was driving.
“These well concealed hard narcotics were detected by our frontline officers working at one of our busiest border crossings in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Deciphering between legitimate travelers and those who may have illicit intentions is what our CBP officers face daily and our officers do an outstanding job in detecting the smaller of the two groups.”
CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on Saturday, May 17 encountered a 20-year-old male United States citizen from Pharr driving a red Ford F-150 pickup truck. After presenting a State of Texas issued driver’s license and birth certificate, a CBP officer referred him to secondary for further inspection. While inspecting the pickup in secondary and with the use of all available resources, officers discovered a substance suspected of being narcotics hidden within a part of the truck. CBP-OFO removed and seized bulk alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 21.60 pounds and also seized the Ford pickup.
CBP-OFO arrested the man and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.