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CBP Officers in Pharr Arrest Man with Prohibited Prescription Drugs

Release Date: 
May 20, 2019

PHARR, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a male Mexican citizen after discovering undeclared prohibited prescription drugs.

“Every person is subject to and can be inspected at the ports of entry,” said Port Director Sylvia Briones, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “This particular examination began as a routine inspection and resulted in the discovery of prohibited prescription drugs that won’t make their illicit distribution.”

Table shows an assortment of prohibited prescription medications seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge
Table shows an assortment of prohibited
prescription medication seized by CBP officers
at Pharr International Bridge.

On May 17, 2019, CBP officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 24-year-old man, from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico arriving in white Ford 500 sedan. After referring him for further inspection, officers in secondary discovered prohibited prescription drugs hidden in his baggage and on his person. CBP OFO seized 752 Xanax (benzodiazepines) tablets and 219 Oxycodone (roxicodone) pills.

Some prescription drugs sold outside the United States (including drugs manufactured for sale outside the United States) may not be approved by FDA and would not be appropriate for importation.

CBP OFO arrested the man from Rio Bravo and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.

For more information about CBP, please click on the Know Before You Go link to obtain information on prohibited and restricted items, including medications.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021