PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge discovered nearly 81 pounds of suspected narcotics over the weekend valued at $1,262,360.
“This significant seizure demonstrates the continuous dedication of our hard working CBP officers,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Keeping these dangerous drugs out of our country is part of CBP’s border security mission.”
On Saturday, Sept. 3, CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 59-year-old male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico driving a black 2013 Honda Accord. After a physical inspection of the vehicle and with the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered 20 packages containing 43 pounds of alleged heroin and an additional 15 packages containing 38 pounds of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle.
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.
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.