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CBP Field Operations Seizes $1.5 Million Worth of Cocaine at Pharr International Bridge

Release Date: 
January 13, 2020

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted $1,538,500 worth of alleged cocaine hidden within a trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh malanga (dasheen).

“Great teamwork and resiliency is what allows our frontline officers to make interceptions like this one this weekend at the cargo facility,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

Packages containing 199.5 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge
Packages containing 199.5 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge.

On January 12, CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility at the Pharr International Bridge referred a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh malanga for further inspection. Utilizing all available tools and resources, including non-intrusive imaging (NII) technology, the officers discovered 80 packages weighing 199.5 pounds (90.5 kg) of alleged cocaine hidden within the trailer.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the tractor/trailer and the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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January 13, 2020