SOUTH TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at ports of entry from Roma to Brownsville seized $46,710 worth of marijuana, $314,500 of cocaine, over $12,000 in unreported U.S. currency and arrested 14 persons wanted on outstanding arrest warrants during the week of May 18-22.
“Our officers’ outstanding commitment and robust enforcement posture has enabled them to accomplish several narcotics interceptions, detect unreported U.S. currency and discover numerous fugitives wanted on state/local arrest warrants,” said Director, Field Operations David Higgerson, Laredo Field Office.
One of the most notable seizures occurred on May 21 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers discovered 40.78 pounds of alleged cocaine with an estimated street value of $314,500 concealed within a commercial tractor/trailer.
CBP officers working at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge on May 18 discovered 42.06 pounds of alleged marijuana which carry an estimated street value of $8,413 concealed within a 2004 Jeep Liberty.
Officers working at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry on May 19 seized $12,677 in unreported U.S. currency and CBP OFO from the Brownsville Port of Entry seized 138.40 pounds of alleged marijuana in two separate, unrelated incidents on May 19 and 20. These narcotics carry an estimated street value of $27,680. Officers at the Progreso Port of Entry seized 53 pounds of alleged marijuana with an estimated street of $10,617 on May 21. These marijuana seizures at Brownsville and Progreso were discovered within vehicles arriving from Mexico.
CBP officers at ports from Roma to Brownsville arrested 14 person who had outstanding arrest warrants for violations ranging from parole violations, prior narcotics violations, immigration violations to missing persons during this week. All persons were released to the respective police departments from which the warrants had originated.
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.