Pharr, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Pharr International Bridge seized approximately 23.2 pounds of alleged cocaine yesterday morning. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $744,978.
On May 24, CBP officers working at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck. The male driver was identified as a 45-year-old Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A CBP officer referred the vehicle and driver to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized 10 packages of alleged cocaine that were found within the vehicle's tailgate. CBP officers seized the Ford Ranger as well.
The male traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
Efrain Solis Jr. CBP acting port director, Hidalgo/Pharr said, "Our frontline officers continue working hard to secure our nation's borders and to prevent all types of contraband from entering our country. Our officers are doing great enforcement work."
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.