PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 2,746 pounds of alleged marijuana and 50.70 pounds of alleged cocaine in separate unrelated incidents concealed within commercial trailers.
“These are outstanding seizures from our officers at the cargo facility. Despite the summer heat, our officers remain vigilant and continue to uphold the CBP mission,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On July 8, CBP officers from the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility referred a 1995 Freightliner tractor trailer for a secondary inspection. During the 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 16 packages of alleged cocaine co-mingled within a shipment of tomatoes.
On July 7, at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility CBP officers referred a red 1999 Freightliner tractor trailer for a secondary inspection. With the assistance of a canine team and a the use of a non-intrusive imagining inspection (NII), CBP officers discovered 71 packages containing a total of 374 pounds of alleged marijuana within the commercial trailer.
On July 6, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white 1996 Freightliner tractor trailer. The conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection after the primary officer observed discrepancies within the trailer. In secondary, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imagining (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted 200 packages containing a total of 2,372 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within a shipment of styrofoam panels.
CBP OFO seized the drugs. The seizures have a combined estimated street value of approximately $940,166. The cases remain 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.