CBP at Pharr International Bridge Seizes $181K Worth of Cocaine
PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered $181,000 worth of cocaine hidden within a commercial tractor/trailer arriving from Mexico.
“This compact but significant interception of hard narcotics is yet another example of CBP’s continued resolve to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Whether it’s a pound or a ton, any seizure of narcotics is a win for our officers, who work tirelessly every day towards this commitment.”
CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility on Feb. 26 referred a 44-year-old male Mexican citizen driving tractor/trailer for further inspection after an initial inspection revealed discrepancies. Further examination of the conveyance resulted in the discovery of 10 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 23.48 pounds (10.64 kg) concealed within the Kenworth tractor. CBP OFO seized the cocaine and the tractor/trailer.
CBP OFO 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.