PHARR, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a Brazilian citizen, who resides in Michoacán, Mexico after discovering $3,800,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle he was driving.
“Our officers truly stepped up to the plate and demonstrated their genuine commitment towards the CBP mission of keeping dangerous drugs from entering our country through the U.S.-Mexico border,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “The narcotics threat is presented on a daily basis and our officers maintain their resolute readiness to face it head-on.”
On April 3, a 33-year-old man driving a white Nissan Armada SUV arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge from Mexico. After the initial primary inspection, a CBP officer referred the vehicle and driver for further inspection. During the secondary inspection and with the use of a canine enforcement team and all available tools and resources, officers discovered 190.25 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine hidden within the Nissan SUV.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and the vehicle and arrested the Mexican national who was ultimately released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.