PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $589,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine that was discovered within a Nissan SUV that arrived from Mexico.
“This interception can be chalked up to great inspection techniques, which includes the physical observations and the ability to utilize all available tools and resources,” said Port Director Efrain Solis, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Being able to detect anomalies through effective application of experience and inspectional skill is crucial in our interdiction efforts.”
On Feb. 2, a 44-year-old man from Mexico arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge driving a gray 2004 Nissan Armada. A CBP officer referred the male traveler and the vehicle for a secondary inspection and it was there that officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the SUV. Officers removed and seized 20 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 29 pounds and seized the Nissan SUV as well.
CBP OFO arrested the driver and then released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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.