PHARR, Texas — Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man after discovering $800,000 worth of alleged narcotics within the Toyota Tacoma he was driving.
“This seizure of yet more alleged methamphetamine is consistent with past interceptions of this type of hard narcotic, which appears to be popular with drug smuggling organizations who are attempting to introduce these illicit drugs into our societies,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, April 5, after CBP officers encountered a silver 2004 Toyota Tacoma driven by a 36-year-old male Mexican citizen at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. The traveler presented his Mexican border-crossing card to a CBP officer who ultimately referred him to secondary for further inspection. While inspecting the Tacoma in secondary, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the pickup and subsequently 10 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 24.71 pounds were removed. CBP-OFO seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
CBP-OFO arrested the driver, who was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special 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.