PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 26-year-old woman from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with a failed smuggling attempt of cocaine worth $180,200.
“I commend our frontline officers for their excellent work in interdicting hard narcotics. Their commitment to keep drugs from entering our country is demonstrated every time an interception like this is made,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/ Pharr/ Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On June 27, a female Mexican national driving a black 2005 Chevy Malibu arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and was referred for a secondary inspection. During the inspection, and with the use of non-intrusive imaging (NII technology), officers discovered 10 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 23.37 pounds (10.60 kg) concealed within the Malibu. CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
CBP OFO officers arrested the woman and then released her to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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.