May 23, 2013
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. citizen who they say was carrying almost a half-million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine into the country.
On Tuesday morning, the 32-year-old man, who lives in Reynosa, drove a black 2006 Nissan Sentra across the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. He presented his U.S. birth certificate to the CBP officer working the checkpoint at the bridge, who referred him for additional inspection, CBP spokesman Phillip Barrera said in a news release.
Using a “non-intrusive imaging system,” officers at the secondary inspection discovered 32 packages of methamphetamine concealed in the car. The packages weighed a total of approximately 32 pounds. Officers seized the drugs and the car, and arrested the man.
The man is in the custody of agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, who are continuing the investigation.