U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted $339,300 worth of alleged fentanyl.
“Our CBP officers use all available tools and resources to identify and extract narcotics with caution,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “It is vital to the safety of our officers that we be able to identify what type of narcotic we are dealing with, as a small amount of fentanyl can be fatal.”
On June 8, 2022, CBP officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a vehicle making entry from Mexico. The vehicle was selected for inspection utilizing non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment. After physically inspecting the vehicle, officers extracted nine packages weighing 22 pounds (9.98kg) of alleged fentanyl concealed within the vehicle.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and vehicle, and the case remains under investigation by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).