Mexican national arrested at border for alleged attempt to smuggle $1 million worth of meth


HILDAGO – A 25-year-old male from Reynosa, Tamaulipas Mexico was arrested at the Hidalgo International Bridge by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for allegedly attempting to smuggle over $1 million worth of methamphetamine.

CBP stated that the seizure took place in the afternoon of Sunday, April 14 when officers came in contact with the man who was arriving from Mexico at the Hidalgo-Reynosa Internation Bridge.

The suspect was said to be driving a blue Ford 500 sedan and after an initial examination of the vehicle, the driver was referred to a secondary, more thorough examination with the assistance of a K-9 team.

Upon searching the vehicle, officers said they discovered compartments in the vehicle filled with alleged narcotics.

“Our officers’ incomparable sense of awareness and outstanding ability to work as a team has enabled them to accomplish this excellent seizure of yet more hard narcotics,” said Port Director Sylvia Briones, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Being able to detect anomalies during an inspection, along with persistence, is the key to detecting contraband and keeping it out of our communities.”

CBP officers reportedly seized 40 packages of alleged methamphetamine, weighing 51 pounds (23.16 kg) with a street value of approximately $1,022,000, as well as the man’s vehicle.

After his arrest, CBP-OFO transferred the man to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.

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