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Local Man Arrested at the Pharr International Bridge With Over $500K in Methamphetamine

Release Date: 
May 28, 2014

PHARR, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a Pharr, Texas man after discovering $505,000 worth of methamphetamine concealed within the Dodge Charger he was driving.

“The ability of our officers to work as a team produced the outcome of this outstanding interception of hard narcotics,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

“Being able to utilize all available tools and resources and possessing perseverance along with dedication to the CBP mission, is how our officers are able to make these excellent seizures.”

Bundles containing nearly 16 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers in PharrCBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on Tuesday, May 27 encountered a grey 2007 Dodge Charger driven by a 40-year-old male United States citizen from Pharr. The driver presented a State of Texas identification card along with a U. S. birth certificate and was referred to secondary for further inspection. In the process of inspecting the Charger and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the vehicle. CBP removed and seized 20 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 15.78 pounds and seized the Dodge Charger as well.

The male traveler was arrested by CBP and was then released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.