Feds seize meth worth nearly $2 million at Texas-Mexico crossing

DEL RIO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Texas thwarted a substantial smuggling attempt Sunday, seizing methamphetamine worth nearly $2 million at the Del Rio Port of Entry.

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According to a news release, officers assigned to the Del Rio International Bridge encountered a 2007 utility vehicle driven by a 47-year-old male Mexican citizen.

Further inspection revealed six large packages containing nearly 372 pounds of suspected meth concealed within the vehicle.

The seized narcotics had an estimated street value of $1.68 million, the agency stated.

“This is a significant quantity of hard narcotics to be discovered,” Port Director Liliana Flores stated, adding, “This methamphetamine interception underscores the seriousness of the hard narcotics threat that our officers face on a daily basis and the determination of CBP to uphold our border security mission and prevent these drugs from reaching U.S. streets.”

The driver was arrested, and the case was turned over to special agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.