PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge accomplished a hefty narcotics seizure of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin worth $6,998,000, discovered within a commercial shipment arriving from Mexico.
“Once again, our officers’ astute awareness and outstanding ability to work in tandem utilizing all available tools and resources resulted in the discovery of these hard narcotics that won’t make their way into our communities,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/ Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Dec. 10 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility after a CBP officer referred a commercial shipment of stone blocks for further inspection.
A secondary examination, which included the utilization of a (canine team), resulted in officers detecting packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the shipment. CBP officers seized 35 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 320 pounds (145.16 kg.), seven packages of alleged cocaine weighing 39.55 pounds (17.94 kg.) and two packages of alleged heroin that weighed 7.32 pounds (3.32 kg.). The estimated street value of the narcotics is $6,400,000, $305,000 and $293,000, respectively.
CBP OFO seized all the narcotics, the tractor/trailer and the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.