HIDALGO–Federal agents working in the Rio Grande Valley discovered two good loads of drugs worth more than $1 million trying to enter into the United States via an international bridge from Mexico.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Pharr and Hidalgo International Bridges seized approximately 52.9 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and cocaine in two different incidents. The combined estimated street value of the seized drugs is $1.2 million.
A CBP officer stopped a northbound 1998 Lincoln Towncar sedan and its driver, a 36-year-old U.S. citizen from McAllen on Tuesday . After the initial primary inspection, the driver and vehicle were referred to secondary for further inspection.
In secondary, officers seized 25 packages of alleged crystal methamphetamine that were discovered within the vehicle. In this seizure, the methamphetamine weighed approximately 26.7 pounds and was valued at about $400,000.
CBP officers came in contact with a northbound 2006 Honda civic sedan on Wednesday. The driver was identified as a 30-year-old U.S. citizen from Pharr .
A CBP officer referred the driver and vehicle to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized 11 packages of alleged cocaine that were found hidden within the vehicle. The cocaine weighed approximately 26.2 pounds and was valued at more than $800,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicles and transferred both male drivers to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
“Our frontline officers are doing excellent enforcement work and continue using all available resources to intercept and seize contraband such as these two drug loads.” Hector Mancha, who is the Port Director for Hidalgo/Pharr said,” I commend our officers for their work in securing our nation’s borders.”
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