PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered alleged heroin valued at $504,412 concealed within a commercial trailer.
“As smugglers continue with their efforts to introduce illegal narcotics into the United States, our officers’ vigilance, perseverance and dedication in keeping our borders secure resulted in this substantial narcotic seizure,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on June 15, when CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a 1995 Kenworth tractor-trailer. CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics. CBP officers extracted six packages containing a total of 12.61 pounds of alleged heroin concealed within the commercial trailer.
CBP OFO seized the drugs, the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
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