PHARR, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge seized approximately $900,000 worth of cocaine which was discovered within a Ford pickup truck driven by a male resident of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
“Our officers discovered these hard narcotics which were allegedly being smuggled into our country and thanks to their exceptional commitment to the CBP mission, these dangerous drugs will not make it to their final destination in the U.S.,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, April 2 after CBP officers encountered a white 2006 Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 28-year-old male Mexican citizen at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. The driver presented his Mexican border-crossing card and was subsequently referred to secondary for further inspection.
Officers performing the secondary examination discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the F-150 pickup. Ultimately, 12 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 28 pounds were removed and seized. CBP-OFO seized the pickup truck as well.
CBP-OFO arrested the male traveler who was then released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations 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.