PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $483,820 worth of alleged cocaine in separate, unrelated incidents at the Pharr International Bridge.
“Our officers have prevented a significant amount of hard narcotics from getting to their intended destination, ever vigilant in upholding the CBP mission,” said Interim Port Director Donna Sifford, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Tuesday, Oct. 24, CBP officers encountered a 26-year-old female driver and a 28-year-old passenger, both Mexican citizens, from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in a blue 2007 Dodge Caliber. The vehicle was referred for further inspection and with the assistance of a canine team and the use of a non-intrusive imagining inspection (NII), CBP officers discovered 15 packages containing a total of 38.27 pounds of alleged cocaine within the vehicle. The alleged narcotics have an estimated street value of $295,120.
The second incident occurred on the same day after CBP officers referred a grey 2008 Chrysler Sebring to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 30-year-old male United States citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After a physical inspection of the vehicle, the use of a non-intrusive imaging inspection (NII) and the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered 10 packages allegedly containing approximately 24.47 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $188,700.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicles, arrested the drivers and passenger, and turned them over 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.