PHARR, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $1,155,000 in narcotics in two separate, unrelated incidents and arrested two men from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in the process.
The first incident occurred at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on Aug 7, 2013 during the early morning hours after CBP officers encountered a gray 1999 Nissan Altima driven by a 27-year-old male Mexican citizen. After presenting his Mexican border crossing card, a CBP officer referred him and the vehicle to secondary for a more thorough inspection and it was there that officers discovered 12 packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the vehicle. CBP-OFO seized the cocaine which has an estimated street value of $959,000 and the vehicle as well.
The second seizure/arrest occurred on the same date and border crossing later that morning when CBP officers came in contact with a 23-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a maroon 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup. The driver presented his Mexican Border Crossing card to a CBP officer who then referred him to secondary where a subsequent search revealed packages of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle's battery. CBP-OFO seized six packages of methamphetamine which has an estimated street value of $196,000 along with the vehicle.
CBP-OFO arrested both men and subsequently released them to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"These two compact but significant seizures of hard narcotics were detected and intercepted by our frontline officers and kept from entering into our communities," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Our officers' outstanding commitment towards combating these illicit efforts is demonstrated every time they put on their uniform."
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.