PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $317,900 during an enforcement action.
“This interception of dangerous drugs exemplifies CBP officers continued commitment to the CBP mission,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on January 16 at the Pharr International Bridge after CBP officers referred a black 2012 GMC Terrain to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 22-year-old male Mexican citizen from Pharr, Texas. 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 16 packages allegedly containing approximately 41.22 pounds of cocaine.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver, and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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