HIDALGO, TX - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr and Anzalduas International Bridges seized approximately 24.7 pounds of cocaine and 63.2 pounds of marijuana in two separate and unrelated weekend enforcement actions.
On Sept. 24, CBP officers working at the Pharr International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2001 Lincoln LS sedan and its driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen from Pflugerville. CBP officers referred the vehicle and driver to secondary for further inspection. Inside the vehicle's car battery, officers found and seized seven packages of cocaine. The estimated street value of cocaine is $792,950.
On Sept. 25, CBP officers, working at the Anzalduas International Bridge, referred for intensive inspection, a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer SUV and its driver, a 50-year-old U.S. citizen from Columbia, Mo. Officers seized 28 packages of marijuana that were found hidden within the vehicle's rear quarter panels. The marijuana was valued at $50,617.
CBP officers seized both vehicles and transferred the two male drivers to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
Efrain Solis Jr., CBP Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr and Anzalduas said, "Our frontline officers continue doing great enforcement work and these two significant drug seizures are an example of our officers working hard to secure our nation's borders and to prevent contraband from entering our country."
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.