PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 35-year-old man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with the seizure of $136,680 worth of alleged cocaine.
“I commend our frontline officers for their diligence and perseverance in their continued efforts towards keeping dangerous drugs out of our communities,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The incident occurred on Jan. 24 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers referred a silver 2002 Dodge Durango and its driver, an adult male from Reynosa, for a secondary inspection. While inspecting the Durango, officers discovered seven packages of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle. CBP Field Operations seized the narcotics which weighed approximately 17.73 pounds and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP Field Operations arrested the male traveler who was subsequently released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
CBP’s Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.