Border patrol officials at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations at Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas, confiscated over $500,000 worth of methamphetamine from one vehicle last week, according to a briefing released on their website yesterday.
On July 15, border patrol and customs officials at Hidalgo Bridge ordered a 2001 gold Nissan Pathfinder to secondary inspection. The passengers were identified as a 42-year-old male Mexican citizen and a 33-year-old female American citizen, both originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, in Mexico.
With the assistance of a canine team and a non-intrusive imaging system, officers uncovered 10 packages of methamphetamine allegedly weighing 27.42 pounds with a street value of $548,504.
Built in 1926, the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge is the only bridge connecting the cities of Hidalgo and Reynosa, Tamaulipas, and is one of 48 legal border crossings between the U.S. and Mexico.
Upon discovery of the drugs, the passengers of the vehicle were promptly arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents.
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