Pharr, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations officers at the Pharr International Bridge seized cocaine valued at approximately $665,000 and arrested a man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico on Wednesday.
On Wednesday morning, November 14, 2012 CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a white 2011 Renault Fluence driven by a 55-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa. The lone traveler presented his Mexican border crossing card and was subsequently referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary officers discovered nine packages weighing approximately 9.42 kilograms (20.77 pounds) of alleged cocaine which were concealed within the vehicle. CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle as well.
The adult male was released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"This was an excellent example of teamwork by our officers and of the utilization of all available tools," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Our officers' outstanding commitment to help keep drugs from crossing the border has resulted in another compact but significant seizure."
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.