PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 1,134 pounds of alleged marijuana within a commercial trailer.
“Our officers continue to demonstrate their awareness and diligence in carrying out the CBP mission; this was an outstanding narcotic seizure at our cargo facility. Balancing the trade facilitation aspect of cargo processing with an enforcement mindset is a function of CBP that is accomplished daily,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on March 24, when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 1999 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 500 packages containing a total of 1,134 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within the trailer.
CBP OFO seized the drugs, valued at approximately $226,853. 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.