CBP Seizes $600K in Narcotics
Methamphetamin, heroin seized in separate incidents
PHARR, Texas — Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations working at the Pharr International Bridge seized $615,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin in two separate, unrelated incidents. These narcotics were detected within vehicles arriving from Mexico, both being driven by adult males.
“These two unrelated interceptions, although diminutive in quantity were significant in relevance and reflective of CBP's commitment to the border security mission. These seizures exemplify the outstanding work ethic displayed by our frontline officers,” said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The first seizure occurred Aug. 30 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge after CBP officers encountered a white 1982 Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver, a 20-year-old male United States citizen from Pasadena, Texas presented a State of Texas issued identification card and was referred to secondary for further inspection. With the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the Chevy pickup. CBP officers removed and seized 13 packages weighing approximately 13.83 pounds which carry an estimated street value of $443,000.
On Sept. 1, CBP officers working at the same border crossing came in contact with a maroon 1980 Ford Fairmont driven by a 40-year-old male U.S. citizen from McAllen, Texas. After presenting a U.S. birth certificate and Texas I.D. card, he was referred for a secondary examination where officers discovered a package of heroin hidden within the Fairmont. A single package weighing approximately 1.72 pounds, valued at approximately $172,000 was removed and seized along with the Ford sedan.
CBP officers arrested both males who were then released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations agents for further investigation.
CBP is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, such as traffikcing drugs, people, weapons, currency or commercial fraud, send an email to ReportSmuggling@cbp.dhs.gov.
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.