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.”
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.
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.