PHARR, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico woman in connection with a failed attempt to smuggle alleged cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S.
The seizure/arrest occurred on Wednesday morning, June 26 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers encountered a beige 2002 Dodge Neon being driven by an 18-year-old female Mexican citizen. The female presented her Mexican border-crossing card and was then referred to secondary for a more thorough inspection. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the rear bumper and subsequently removed eight packages weighing approximately 9.11 kilograms (20.08 lbs.) of alleged cocaine and two packages weighing approximately 2.2 kilograms (4.85 lbs.) of alleged methamphetamine. CBP seized the narcotics, which have an estimated street value of $643,000.00 for the cocaine, $72,000 for the methamphetamine and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP arrested the female who was then released to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"This compact but significant interception of hard narcotics exemplifies our officers's true commitment towards keeping dangerous drugs out of our communities," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "This method of utilizing smaller, well concealed amounts of narcotics is a trend our officers' have been able detect by working as a team."
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.