CBP Officers at the Pharr Port of Entry Seize Cocaine Valued at Over $347K
PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $347,480.
“I commend our frontline CBP officers on this interception of hard narcotics. We are keeping drugs off of our streets, protecting our communities and our vigilance is continuous,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on April 19 at the Pharr International Bridge after CBP officers referred a white 2003 Honda Accord LX to secondary for an enforcement inspection. A 47-year-old female Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico drove the vehicle. After a physical inspection and the use a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system, CBP officers discovered 17 packages containing 45 pounds of alleged 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) special agents for further investigation.
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