Pharr, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge seized approximately 51.72 pounds of methamphetamine on Thursday. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $775,000.
On October 20, 2011 CBP officers working at the Pharr International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2001 Chevrolet Malibu driven by a Mexican national, age 28, from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A CBP officer referred the vehicle and driver to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized 24 packages of alleged methamphetamine that were found hidden within the vehicle's back seat and trunk area. CBP officers seized the vehicle as well.
The male traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigation (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr Port of Entry said, "This is a significant amount of methamphetamine and this seizure illustrates our officers's vigilance and dedication to the CBP mission to help keep our borders safe and secure."
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.