PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered alleged methamphetamine within a commercial trailer; the narcotics are valued at approximately $3,992,090.
“This is a phenomenal hard narcotics seizure. Our CBP officers have once again demonstrated their dedication and commitment to the CBP mission, preventing these dangerous drugs from entering our country is one of CBP’s priorities,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Sept. 5, when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 2008 Freightliner tractor trailer. After the conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imagining (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 36 packages containing 199.61 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the trailer.
CBP OFO seized the drugs, along with the conveyance. The case remains 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.