US Customs and Border Protection made a large bust of “hard narcotics” in the Hidalgo, Texas region of the border. The smugglers attempted to bring their illicit goods across the Reynosa International Bridge in a 2007 Honda Accord. Non-intrusive imaging equipment utilized in a secondary examination of the vehicle revealed that the gas tank had suspicious packaging inside of it.

12 packages were eventually removed weighing in at 27.34 pounds of heroin and 33.90 pounds of methamphetamine.

US Customs And Border Protection Reports:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested two men in connection with a failed drug-smuggling attempt of alleged methamphetamine and heroin worth $1,298,000.

“I commend our frontline officers for their hard work and exceptional dedication to the CBP mission in helping keep dangerous drugs out of our communities,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “These interceptions of hard narcotics are indicative of the resiliency displayed by our officers every day, as they conduct daily operations.”

On Nov. 10, 2020, a CBP officer assigned to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge referred a 2007 Honda Accord for further inspection. Utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment along with all available tools and resources as part of the secondary examination allowed the officers to discover that the vehicle’s gas tank contained hidden suspected narcotics. The extraction process produced 12 packages of alleged heroin weighing 27.34 pounds (12.40 kg) and bulk alleged methamphetamine weighing 33.90 pounds (15.38 kg). The street value of the narcotics is $620,000 and $678,000, respectively.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the vehicle and arrested two men, (21) and (23), both U.S. citizens from McAllen and Hidalgo, Texas. They were turned over to the custody of agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.