Smuggling Attempted Foiled at Hidalgo International Bridge

News Editors and Reporters,

This news release with attached photo is courtesy of CBP Public Affairs, Hidalgo Port of Entry.

                                 CBP Officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge

Seize $150K in Marijuana

HIDALGO, Texas—Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized over 150 pounds of marijuana and arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man in connection with this failed smuggling attempt.

“This interception of marijuana, although it does involve illicit narcotics, is somewhat unusual in that hard narcotics such as cocaine and methamphetamine have been more prevalent in the private vehicle environment,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Our officers’ ability to detect anomalies and inconsistencies has proven effective in intercepting loads of narcotics.”

On Monday afternoon, Sep 15, CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a maroon 2002 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 23-year-old male United States citizen. The driver presented his U.S. passport card and was referred for a secondary inspection where with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered a green leafy substance concealed within the tires of the Cherokee. Officers removed and seized a total of 155 pounds of bulk, alleged marijuana that has an estimated street value of $155,000 and seized the Jeep as well.

CBP-OFO arrested the driver and release him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.

CBP is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.

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