Dallas mom, teen son stash $3 million worth of meth and heroin in tires of SUV, CBP says

News

Packages containing more than 134 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at
Hidalgo International Bridge. (Courtesy CBP)

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — South Texas border officers arrested a Dallas woman and her teenage son after they attempted to smuggle nearly $3 million worth of meth and heroin into the country, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release.

CBP officers staffing ordered the mother and son to a secondary inspection of their vehicle at the Hidalgo International Bridge in McAllen. Using non-intrusive imaging, officers detected packages of possible narcotics inside all four tires of the Toyota 4 Runner.

Officers said the packages — 23 in total — contained 134.5 pounds of methamphetamine and 5.73 pounds of heroin worth an estimated $2.9 million.

“Excellent teamwork and outstanding observational techniques allowed our frontline officers to discover these hard narcotics, which won’t make their way into our communities,” said Carlos Rodriguez, director of the ports of Hidalgo, Pharr, and Anzalduas.

The 42-year-old woman and her 18-year-old were over to the custody of agents with Homeland Security Investigations. Customs confiscated the drugs and the vehicle.

Related content

Visit BorderReport.com for the latest exclusive stories and breaking news about issues along the United States-Mexico border.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KTSM Video Center

1922 bar to reopen as a restaurant on Friday

El Paso City officials provide update on COVID-19 on Thursday

New details reveals motive behind suspect destroying statue at St. Patrick's Cathedral

El Paso man accused of trying to hit officer with hatchet

Two local biker riders complete 'everesting' on Scenic Drive

Health officials report five new COVID-19 related deaths in El Paso on Thursday

More El Paso News
Advertise with KTSM 9 Link

More from Border Report

More Border Report