PHARR, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry this weekend seized cocaine valued at $1.2 million from a vehicle driven by a woman from Reynosa, Mexico.
The seizure occurred on Jan. 27 during a routine examination at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 1998 Isuzu Trooper driven by a 27-year-old female Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico for a secondary examination. After conducting an intensive inspection, CBP officers discovered 16 bundles containing a total of nearly 40 pounds of cocaine hidden within the vehicle. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $1.2 million.
CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
"A seizure of this amount of hard narcotics underscores the reality of the drug threat our officers face on a daily basis. Their application of inspections experience and technology results in seizures like these and helps CBP keep our borders safe and secure," said Efrain Solis, CBP Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
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.