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CBP Field Operations Seizes $208K in Cocaine at Pharr International Bridge

Release Date: 
February 26, 2016

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested an Edinburg, Texas man after discovering $208,000 worth of alleged cocaine concealed within a Jeep Commander he was driving.

“This was an excellent example of teamwork by our officers and of the utilization of all available tools,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Our officers’ outstanding commitment to help keep drugs from crossing the border has resulted in another compact but significant seizure.”

Packages containing 27 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry

Packages containing 27 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry

On Feb. 24, CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a gray 2007 Jeep Commander arriving from Mexico. A secondary inspection utilizing a canine team and a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system resulted in the discovery of packages of suspected narcotics hidden with the Jeep. Officers removed and seized 10 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 27 pounds and seized the vehicle as well.

CBP OFO arrested the Mission resident and ultimately released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017