CBP Officers at the Pharr International Bridge Seize $54K in Cocaine from Body Carriers
PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested two women, after discovering a total of seven pounds of alleged cocaine concealed on their bodies.
“Our CBP officers did an exceptional job in the interception of these hard narcotics. I commend our officers for their continued dedication to our CBP mission,” said (A) Port Director Javier N. Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Feb. 28, CBP officers encountered two women, ages 19 and 54, a United States citizen and a Mexican citizen, respectively, from Pharr, TX as they attempted to enter the United States from Mexico in a grey 2002 Ford F-150. After referring them for further inspection and with the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered one package of suspected narcotics on each woman concealed under their clothing. CBP OFO seized the two packages of alleged cocaine, which have a total estimated street value of $54,060.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the women, and turned them over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further 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 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.