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CBP Officers from the Pharr International Bridge Seize Nearly Half a Million in Cocaine on the Same Day

Release Date: 
October 27, 2017

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.

Packages containing 38 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Rio Grande City Port of Entry
Packages containing 38 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Pharr International

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.

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February 3, 2021