PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge discovered $195,840 worth of alleged cocaine within a Ford Taurus that arrived from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
“Our officers’ outstanding ability to work as a team along with great utilization of all available tools and resources resulted in the detection of these hard narcotics which won’t make their final destination within the U.S.,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Jan. 28, CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 29-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa driving a white 2001 Ford Taurus. After presenting his Mexican passport with U.S. visa, a CBP officer referred him for further inspection at secondary. In secondary, officers discovered 10 hidden packages of alleged cocaine which weighed approximately 25.40 pounds.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the Taurus and arrested the male traveler who was ultimately released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
CBP’s Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.