Officers at Hidalgo bridge find nearly 225 pounds of marijuana hidden in pickup truck
Officers at the Hidalgo bridge found nearly 225 pounds of marijuana hidden in a pickup truck Saturday.
Angel Fernando Garcia-Garza attempted to cross the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on Saturday driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cheyenne with Mexican license plates.
Officers questioned Garcia, who said he planned to shop in McAllen, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
After running a records check, officers realized the vehicle hadn't crossed the border before, according to the criminal complaint. Officers also questioned whether or not Garcia had a fake vehicle registration card.
"CBPOs also inspected the Mexican vehicle registration card that Garcia presented which appeared to possibly (sic) inauthentic based on poor quality of the plastic lamination present on the card," according to the criminal complaint.
Officers sent Garcia to secondary inspection, where a K-9 alerted to the truck. An X-ray revealed an anomaly within the truck bed.
After removing the bed liner, officers found 35 bundles of marijuana wrapped in clear plastic, according to the criminal complaint. The marijuana weighed nearly 225 pounds.
Officers contacted Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which sent an agent to interview Garcia.
According to the criminal complaint:
He initially stated that he did not have knowledge of the narcotics in the vehicle. GARCIA eventually admitted to knowledge that he was transporting narcotics into the U.S. He started he did not know the weight or the type of narcotics concealed within the vehicle, nor where they were concealed. He did say that he did search the vehicle in an attempt to locate them because he was curious about what he was bringing into the U.S. GARCIA stated that he was only told that what he was bringing into the U.S. was illegal and he assumed that it was drugs.
Garcia is charged with importing marijuana and conspiracy to import marijuana.
Court records don't list an attorney for Garcia, who remains in federal custody and couldn't be reached for comment.