PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 911 pounds of alleged marijuana within a commercial trailer.
“Our officers continue to use all available resources which combined with their experience resulted in the discovery of illegal narcotics. CBP officers are helping keep drugs off the streets; their commitment to the CBP mission is remarkable,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on March 16, when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a red 1998 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 236 packages containing a total of 911 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within the trailer.
CBP OFO seized the drugs, valued at approximately $182,100. 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.