PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a man from Palmview, Texas after discovering 46 packages of alleged marijuana concealed within the Nissan pickup truck he was driving.
“Our officers’ exceptional inspection techniques along with the ability to utilize all available tools and resources, allowed for the detection and ultimately seizure of this marijuana which will not make its final destination within the United States,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on Oct. 28 encountered a red 1995 Nissan pickup truck driven by a 53-year-old male United States citizen from Palmview. The man and pickup were referred for a secondary inspection and after utilizing a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers physically examined the truck and discovered packages of alleged marijuana hidden within the pickup. CBP Field Operations removed and seized 168.48 pounds worth approximately $169,000 and seized the truck as well.
CBP Field Operations arrested the man and then released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
CBP’s Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.