PHARR, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Pharr International Bridge seized heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine valued at more than $2,000,000 in three separate, unrelated incidents and arrested three persons in the process.
The first seizure occurred on Tuesday evening, January 22, 2013 when CBP officers encountered a gray 1997 Ford Ranger at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. The driver, a 24-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico presented his Mexican border crossing card and was referred to secondary for further inspection. During the course of the examination officers discovered one package weighing approximately 1.06 kilograms (2.34 pounds) of alleged heroin which was concealed within the vehicle's battery. The estimated street value of the heroin is $234,000.
The second seizure, also at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, occurred on Wednesday morning, January 23, 2013 when a blue 2002 Dodge Stratus driven by an 18-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa arrived and presented his Mexican border crossing card to the CBP officer. The vehicle was referred to secondary for a more thorough inspection and it was there that officers discovered 14 packages weighing approximately 16.04 kilograms (35.36 pounds) of alleged cocaine which were hidden within the vehicle. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $1,133,000.
The last seizure occurred at the same border crossing later that afternoon on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 when CBP officers came in contact with a silver 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The driver, a 28-year-old female Mexican citizen, also from Reynosa, presented her Mexican border crossing card and was subsequently referred to secondary for further examination. During the process of inspecting the vehicle officers discovered 23 packages containing approximately 24.28 kilograms (53.53 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine which were concealed within the truck bed. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $803,000.
Customs and Border Protection arrested the two adult males and female and released them to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation. All three vehicles were seized as well.
"These were three excellent interceptions of narcotics made by our officers in two days," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "The outstanding ability to remain vigilant, detect inconsistencies and work as a team has enabled our officers to hinder these failed smuggling attempts."
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.