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CBP Field Operations Arrests Woman with $180K in Cocaine at Pharr International Bridge

Release Date: 
June 29, 2018

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.

Packages containing 23 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge
Packages containing 23 pounds of
cocaine seized by CBP officers at
Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

“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.

Last modified: 
July 5, 2018