CBP Field Operations at Pharr International Bridge Seizes Close to $200K in Cocaine
PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested two Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico residents in connection to a failed cocaine smuggling attempt worth $180,500.
“I commend our officers for their diligence and excellent work ethic in detecting narcotics at all our border crossings,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Attempting to smuggle drugs in small quantities illustrates the efforts by drug smuggling organizations to introduce these illicit drugs and further demonstrates our frontline officers’ ability to stay on top of these smuggling trends.”
The incident occurred Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1, 2018 after a grey 2010 Ford Flex arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. After presenting their Mexican border-crossing cards, a CBP officer referred the vehicle and both female occupants, a 58-year-old and a 37-year-old, both Mexican citizens, for further inspection. During the course of the secondary examination, and with the assistance of a (canine team), officers discovered packages of alleged cocaine concealed on both females’ bodies. Each woman had five packages of alleged cocaine weighing 11.64 pounds (5.28 kg.) and 11.77 pounds (5.34 kg.), respectively.
CBP OFO seized the vehicle and arrested both women, who were subsequently turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.