PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $285,940.
“This was an outstanding interception of hard narcotics made by our frontline CBP officers. By preventing these dangerous drugs from entering the country, we continue to protect the streets of our communities,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Jan. 30 at the Pharr International Bridge after CBP officers referred a white 2015 Dodge Journey to secondary for inspection. The vehicle was driven by a 35-year-old male United States citizen from Pharr, Texas. After a physical inspection and the use a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with the help of a canine team, officers discovered 15 packages containing 37.08 pounds of alleged 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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