HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr and Anzalduas International Bridges seized $1,221,280 worth of alleged cocaine in two separate, unrelated incidents.
“Our officers have once again demonstrated great awareness and diligence with the interception of these two outstanding narcotic seizures. I commend our officers for their drive to keep drugs from entering our country,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Sunday, May 21, CBP officers assigned to the Anzalduas International Bridge encountered a 36-year-old female Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico driving a white 2007 Jeep Patriot arriving from Mexico. After referring her for further inspection and with the assistance of a canine team, the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging inspection system (NII), CBP officers discovered possible narcotics within the vehicle. A total of 18 packages containing a total of 45 pounds of alleged cocaine were removed from the vehicle. The alleged narcotics carry an estimated street value of $347,140.
The second interception occurred on Saturday, May 20 at the Pharr International Bridge. CBP officers encountered a 35-year-old female Mexican citizen driving a white 2008 Dodge Durango along with a 33-year-old man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The vehicle and occupants were referred for further inspection and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging inspection system (NII), and the assistance of a canine canine team, CBP officers discovered 44 packages containing a total of 113 pounds of alleged cocaine within the vehicle. The alleged narcotics carry an estimated street value of $874,140.
CBP OFO seized all the narcotics, the vehicle and arrested both drivers and passenger, who were turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.