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CBP Officers Seize over $1.2 Million in Cocaine and Fentanyl at Pharr International Bridge

Release Date: 
October 5, 2021

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge Cargo Facility intercepted $1,233,000 in alleged cocaine and fentanyl in two incidents.

“CBP officers intercepted these loads of cocaine and fentanyl thanks to great teamwork and the utilization of all available tools and resources.” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “It is important to remember how lethal fentanyl is, and our officers exercise extreme care and utilize personal protective equipment when they encounter any load of narcotics for that reason.”

Packages containing nearly 88 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge.
Packages containing nearly 88 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge.

On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a commercial tractor trailer arriving from Mexico. A CBP officer referred the conveyance for further inspection, which included utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment and screening by a (canine team). After physically inspecting the conveyance, officers discovered 35 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 87.74 pounds (39.80 kg) and one package of alleged fentanyl weighing 2.91 pounds (1.32kg) concealed within the tractor. 

Just a few hours later, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor trailer arriving from Mexico. A CBP officer referred the conveyance for further inspection, which included utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment and screening by a (canine team). After physically inspecting the conveyance, officers discovered 39 packages of cocaine weighing 67.02 pounds (30.40 kg) concealed within the tractor.

CBP OFO seized the narcotics and vehicles, and the cases remain under investigation by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).

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Last modified: 
October 5, 2021