HIDALGO, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $1,189,000 worth of alleged cocaine from a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
“Excellent teamwork from our frontline officers contributed to this significant seizure of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “The ability to detect inconsistencies and anomalies with travelers and vehicles is how every smuggling interception is initiated and ultimately how drugs are kept from being introduced into our communities.”
The incident occurred on Nov. 14, when CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a white 2013 Honda Civic driven by a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa. The driver presented his Mexican border crossing card and CBP officers referred the driver and his vehicle for a secondary examination. During the process of the secondary inspection, and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered hidden packages of suspected narcotics. Officers removed and seized 15 packages of alleged cocaine, weighing approximately 37.17 pounds, and also seized the Honda Civic.
CBP Field Operations arrested the male traveler and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
CBP’s Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzaduas 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.