US Customs and Border Protection seized $3,118,000 in cocaine and Methamphetamine and $1,153,135 in undeclared US currency along the border. The operation took place during the government shutdown at the Rio Grande Valley International Bridges. The seizures were separate and unrelated, according to CBP.
Border Patrol agents arrested 32 people with outstanding warrants, some using false documents to enter the US illegally, during the incident. CBP Field Operations Officers assigned to the Hidalgo, Pharr, and Anzalduas International Bridges were part of the operation.
The narcotics seizure amounted to 124.34 pounds (56.40 kg) cocaine, 108 pounds (49 kg) methamphetamine, and over 300 boxes/vials of steroids.
The Rio Grande Valley sector is the same area President Trump visited earlier in the month. SaraACarter.com spent nearly a week in McAllen covering the border crisis and illegal crossings in the porous sector. Carter reported live on Fox New’s Sean Hannity, showing exclusive footage that revealed two men from Bangladesh, designated by DHS as Special Interest Aliens, crossing into the United States.
Moreover, the Border Patrol agents were in the same area as Carter, near the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. They confiscated and identified the undeclared currency as it was moving outbound.
According to CBP, the individuals involved are under investigation in Mcallen, TX.