PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a 27-year-old man from Pasadena, Texas after discovering $1,189,000 worth of alleged heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine within the Honda Civic he was driving.
“Our CBP officers demonstrated tremendous tenacity with the outstanding interception of these hard narcotics,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas Port of Entry. "Being able to detect anomalies with travelers and with vehicles is the asset our officers possess which allows for these types of seizures.”
On Nov. 30, CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a black 2002 Honda Civic driven by a legal resident male Mexican national from Pasadena. After referring the vehicle and driver for further inspection, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the Honda. Officers removed and seized three packages of alleged heroin weighing seven pounds, four packages of alleged cocaine weighing 9.74 pounds and 26 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing almost 42 pounds. The estimated street value for the narcotics is $280,000, $75,000 and $834,000, respectively.
CBP OFO seized the vehicle and arrested the driver who was ultimately 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.