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CBP Officers at Pharr International Bridge Arrest Local Woman with $1.5 Million in Heroin

Release Date: 
May 19, 2021

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 28-year-old woman, a United States citizen from Edinburg, Texas after discovering $1,500,000 worth of alleged heroin hidden within Volkswagen Jetta she was driving.

“Our officers’ relentless dedication to CBP's border security mission and robust enforcement posture contributed to the detection of these hard narcotics that will now be prevented from possibly inflicting harm within our communities,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

Packages containing 55 pounds of heroin seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge
Packages containing 55 pounds of heroin seized by
CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge.

CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge the morning of May 17, 2021 encountered the woman arriving from Mexico and after referring her and the car for a more thorough examination, officers discovered that the car’s tires contained suspected narcotics.  A (canine team) assisted in the inspection which resulted in the seizure of 24 packages of alleged heroin weighing 55 pounds (24.94 kg).

CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the vehicle and arrested the woman who was ultimately turned over to the custody of agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as they continue with the investigation.

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Last modified: 
May 19, 2021