Pharr, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $2,928,000 worth of methamphetamine that was discovered within the vehicle driven by a man from Mission, Texas.
“Our officers’ astute sense of awareness and outstanding ability to work as a team has enabled them to accomplish this excellent seizure of yet more hard narcotics,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Being able to detect anomalies during an inspection, along with persistence, is the key to detecting contraband and keeping it out of our communities.”
The seizure occurred on Monday afternoon, January 27, 2014 after CBP officers encountered a 21-year-old male United States citizen arriving from Mexico at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. The vehicle, a grey 2002 Ford F150 pickup truck and the driver were referred to secondary for a more thorough examination and during the process of the inspection and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered a compartment filled with suspected narcotics. Officers removed and seized the bulk alleged methamphetamine which weighed approximately 91 pounds and also seized the Ford pickup.
CBP arrested the male traveler who was 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.