PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered $960,500 worth of alleged cocaine concealed within a commercial shipment of produce arriving from Mexico.
“Our top priority is to keep our country and the people that live in it safe,’ said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/ Pharr/Anzalduas. “Our combination of inspectional skills and technology continues to help CBP officers detect concealed illicit contraband.”
On Sep. 24, 2020, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge referred a 36-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a tractor/trailer with produce arriving from Mexico for further inspection. Officers then utilized non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment during a secondary inspection, leading to the discovery of 50 packages of alleged cocaine hidden within the trailer and weighing 124.5 pounds (56.5 kg).
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the tractor/trailer, and arrested the truck driver. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) took him into custody as they 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.