PHARR, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $632,000 worth of cocaine and arrested a man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
“I commend our frontline officers for their dedication and commitment towards the interdiction of illegal narcotics, helping CBP continue with our mission of hindering this illicit flow of dangerous drugs at the border,” said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The seizure/arrest occurred on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 12, at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers encountered a green 1995 Ford Mustang driven by a 26-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa. A CBP officer referred him and the vehicle to secondary for further inspection after presenting his Mexican border-crossing card. In secondary and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the Ford Mustang. Officers removed and seized eight packages weighing approximately 8.96 kilograms (19.75 lbs.) and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP arrested the adult male and subsequently released him 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.