HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a man from McAllen, Texas with three different types of alleged narcotics on his person in connection with an alleged smuggling attempt.
“This failed attempt to introduce hard narcotics was foiled due to our officers’ keen sense of observational skills and exceptional inspection techniques,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Smugglers will utilize all kinds of techniques, including using their own bodies in their attempts to conceal the illicit contraband and get it across the border.”
On August 16, 2012 a 57-year-old male United States citizen from McAllen along with a 6-year-old boy arrived at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge as passengers in a taxicab. The adult male traveler presented a State of Texas birth certificate along with a state issued identification card for himself and U.S. birth certificate for his minor grandson. A CBP officer referred them to secondary for further inspection and document review. In secondary officers discovered packages of alleged narcotics strapped to the adult male traveler’s body, including two packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 1.39 kilograms (3.030 pounds) and one package of alleged heroin weighing approximately 531.90 grams (1.28 pounds). Officers also discovered he was in possession of 69.5 grams of cocaine and six tablets of ecstasy. CBP officers seized all of the narcotics, which have an estimated combined street value of approximately $122,000.
The adult male traveler was released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation. The minor boy was released to Child Protective Services (CPS) as no immediate family members were located.