Pharr, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Pharr International Bridge seized 86.8 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $2.7 million on July 31.
CBP officers working at the Pharr International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2000 Nissan Xterra and its male driver, a 28-year-old Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After the initial primary examination, the vehicle and driver were referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized 37 packages containing cocaine that were found hidden within the Nissan Xterra. CBP officers seized the vehicle as well.
The male traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
Hector A. Mancha, CBP Port Director, Hidalgo-Pharr said, "I commend our frontline officers for their work and roles in intercepting and seizing this large amount of cocaine and for preventing this load of drugs from entering our country."
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.