CBP Officers at the Pharr International Bridge Seize Over $313K in Cocaine
PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $313,140.
“Our CBP officers’ experience and attention to detail are essential in interdicting illegal narcotics,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on May 9 at the Pharr International Bridge after CBP officers referred a white 2008 Pontiac Torrent to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 43-year-old female Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After a physical inspection of the vehicle, and the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered 17 packages allegedly containing approximately 40.60 pounds of cocaine.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned her over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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