PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $213,860.
“Thanks to the continued dedication of our frontline CBP officers these hard narcotics will not make it to their final destination,” said Port Director Severiano Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on April 14 at the Pharr International Bridge after CBP officers referred a silver 2012 Jeep Compass to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 27-year-old female United States citizen from San Benito, 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 12 packages allegedly containing approximately 27.73 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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