PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a young man from Weslaco, Texas after $803,000 worth of heroin, was discovered within the vehicle he was driving.
“This well concealed load of hard narcotics was discovered by our frontline officers due to great tenacity and outstanding commitment towards helping keep dangerous drugs out of our communities,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The incident occurred on Wednesday evening, March 19 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers encountered a white 2010 Jeep Liberty driven by a 19-year-old male United States citizen who arrived from Mexico. The driver presented his State of Texas issued birth certificate along with an identification card and was referred to secondary for further inspection. During the course of the secondary examination and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the Jeep. CBP removed and seized six packages of alleged heroin weighing approximately 3.643 kilograms (8.03 lbs.) and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP arrested the young man and he was then released 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.