HIDALGO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized $379,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine discovered in identical manner in two unrelated incidents.
The agency’s press release said on June 11, an 18-year-old man, a U.S. citizen from Reynosa, Mexico arrived in a Ford F-150 pickup at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. A CBP officer referred him for further inspection.
Upon secondary inspection, utilized by a non-intrusive imaging equipment, two packages of alleged methamphetamine were located concealed within the truck’s battery. The packages weighed 11.11 pounds and have a street value of $222,000.
Later in the day a second interception occurred at the same border crossing. A 21-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen from Edinburg, Texas arrived in a 2011 Ford Escape.
A secondary inspection resulted in officers discovering four packages of alleged methamphetamine hidden within a spare battery. These narcotics weighed 7.84 pounds and are estimated to be worth $157,000, said the press release.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the vehicles and arrested both drivers. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations took custody of the individuals and continue with the investigations.