PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a Houston, Texas man after discovering approximately 206 pounds of alleged marijuana hidden within the Toyota Tundra he was driving.
“Our officers are to be commended for their outstanding ability to analyze the comportment of an arriving traveler, their vehicle and utilize their expertise in deciphering the anomalies when they occur,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On March 6, a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge from Mexico driving a green 2003 Toyota Tundra pickup. After selecting the driver and vehicle for a secondary inspection, officers utilized all available tools and resources including a canine team to discover packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the truck. Officers removed and seized 47 packages of alleged marijuana which carry an estimated street value of $41,000.
CBP OFO arrested the young man from Houston and then released him 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.