CBP Field Operations Seizes over $500K in Hard Narcotics at Pharr International Bridge
PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility arrested a 25-year-old man from Nuevo Leon, Mexico after discovering $540,500 worth alleged hard narcotics including methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl.
“Our officers at the cargo facility are not only processing legitimate cargo arriving into the United States but they are also maintaining an enforcement posture on these shipments, making this effort quite a balancing act,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
On July 7, 2020, a CBP officer at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility referred an empty truck arriving from Mexico for further examination. A thorough secondary inspection resulted in officers discovering packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the tractor rig. Officers removed 15 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 37.74 pounds (17.12 kg), eight packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing 9.9 pounds (4.5 kg) and a package containing alleged fentanyl that weighed 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg). These narcotics are valued at $291,000, $198,500 and $51,000, respectively.
CBP OFO arrested the truck driver, seized the narcotics and the tractor/trailer and agents with Homeland Security Investigations continue with the investigation.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.