Pharr, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge seized approximately 44.5 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $1,426,464.
On June 17, CBP officers working at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2005 Dodge Stratus sedan. The male driver was identified as a 34-year-old Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A CBP officer referred the vehicle and driver to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized 17 packages of alleged cocaine that were found in a concealed compartment located in the vehicle's rear trunk area. CBP officers also seized the Dodge Stratus sedan.
The male traveler was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
Efrain Solis Jr., CBP Acting Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr said, "I commend our frontline officers for their continued enforcement work to secure our nation's borders and to prevent all types of contraband from entering our country. Their vigilance, teamwork and skill played a major role in the interception and seizure of this significant drug load."
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.