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CBP Field Operations Arrests Woman with Over $1.9 Million in Methamphetamine at Pharr International Bridge

Release Date: 
March 9, 2021

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 23-year-old woman from Georgia after seizing $1,982,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle she arrived in from Mexico.

“This seizure of alleged methamphetamine is consistent with past interceptions of this type of hard narcotic, which appears to be the drug of choice for drug smuggling organizations who are attempting to introduce these illicit substances into our communities,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

Packages containing 99 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge
Packages containing 99 pounds of
methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at Pharr
International Bridge.

On March 7, 2021, the Cuban national and lawful permanent resident (LPR) woman arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in a Chevy Malibu and a CBP officer referred her for further inspection. Utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment as part of the secondary examination, officers discovered that the vehicle’s gas tank contained packages of suspected narcotics. Officers removed 20 packages weighing 99 pounds (44.94 kg) of alleged methamphetamine.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the vehicle and arrested the woman who was then released to the custody of agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as they continue with the investigation.

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Last modified: 
April 7, 2021