Immigration & BorderBorder Agents at Hidalgo International Bridge Report $1.1 Million Seizure of Meth

Customs and Border Protection indicated that over 60,700 pounds of illegal drugs were seized in February.
March 23, 2022
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Border agents at the Hidalgo International Bridge recently seized a load of 79 pounds of suspected methamphetamine worth an estimated $1.1 million, according to an announcement last week by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The alleged narcotics were found in nine packages on March 13 after border guards stopped a man entering from Mexico in a white Jeep SUV.

Carlos Rodriguez, the port director for the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry, commented on the seizure.

“Our CBP officers used all of our available tools and resources to thwart this smuggling attempt and prevented these harmful narcotics from getting to American streets,” Rodrgiuez said.

According to the most recent CBP update, there was a 97 percent increase in nationwide drug seizures from January to February. CBP has confiscated almost 77,900 pounds of methamphetamine so far this fiscal year. In Fiscal Year 2021, the agency confiscated 191,000 pounds of methamphetamine.

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In total, CBP reported over 60,700 pounds of narcotics seizures in February and 49,800 pounds in January. Through February the agency reported 296,100 pounds of narcotics seizures through that point in the fiscal year.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies began warning the public last year about a spike in the amount of fentanyl being trafficked in Texas and an increase in deaths related to the use of fentanyl.

Through February there had also been seizures of about 67,100 pounds of marijuana, approximately 23,500 pounds of cocaine, and 4,200 pounds of fentanyl, among other types of contraband.

Last month’s amount of drugs seized is comparable to February 2020 and considerably less than February of last year, which saw a reported 89,300 pounds of narcotics that month.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."

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