PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered alleged cocaine and marijuana valued at $1.1 million within commercial trailers in two separate enforcement actions.
“Our officers’ ability to utilize all available resources combined with their experience resulted in the interception of significant quantities of narcotics. Exceptional job!” said Interim Port Director Donna Sifford, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Oct. 21, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 2009 Prostar tractor trailer. After the conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 50 packages containing 126.76 pounds of alleged cocaine which have an estimated street value of $977,500.
The second seizure occurred on Oct. 20, also at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility. A 1994 Utility Reefer Trailer was referred to secondary for an inspection, CBP officers discovered 406 packages containing 947.98 pounds of alleged marijuana by utilizing available resources like the non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with a help of a canine team. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $189,596.
CBP OFO seized the conveyances and drugs. The cases remain under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
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.