HIDALGO, Texas – Customs agents on Thursday seized more than $900,000 worth of methamphetamine at the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said.
According to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, agents intercepted $919,000 of alleged meth that was disguised as candy and hidden in canned food.
On Thursday, agents at the Hidalgo International Bridge observed a white Mercedes transport van coming into the U.S. the release stated.
An officer referred the vehicle for a secondary inspection, and agents discovered 110 packages of candy wrappers containing alleged crystal meth. The narcotics weighed 13.4 pounds.
Agents also seized 12 containers of canned foods containing 89.02 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine, the news release stated.
The narcotics and vehicle were confiscated, and special agents with Homeland Security Investigations opened a criminal investigation.
“These harmful narcotics will not make it to American streets thanks to our CBP officers who used their intuition and all our available tools and resources to stop this smuggling attempt,” Port Director Carlos Rodriguez said in a statement.