Pharr, Texas- U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge seized more than 15 pounds of cocaine and arrested a Reynosa woman on Wednesday. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $503,680.
On Wednesday a 2005 Nissan XTrail driven by a 42-year-old female Mexican national arrived at the Pharr International Bridge accompanied by her 14-year-old son. The woman presented a Mexican border crossing card for herself and the boy to the CBP officer who subsequently referred the vehicle and occupants to secondary for further inspection. Officers discovered six packages of cocaine, weighing approximately 15.74 pounds, hidden within the vehicle's dash area. CBP seized the cocaine and vehicle.
The driver was turned over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation. The boy was released to an adult family member.
"This load of hard narcotics was intercepted due to excellent enforcement and observational skills by our officers," said Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo Port Director. "CBP's commitment to help keep dangerous drugs from crossing our border is how we engage in the fight against drugs."
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.