PHARR, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge seized $1.9 million worth of cocaine that was discovered within a Jeep Liberty driven by two men from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
“Our CBP frontline officers have once again met the challenge that drug smuggling organizations pose in their attempts to filter these dangerous narcotics across our borders,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Protecting the homeland from these precarious efforts is a top priority within CBP Field Operations.”
On the morning of Friday, May 2, CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a blue 2002 Jeep Liberty driven by a 22-year-old man, accompanied by a 21-year-old man, both Mexican citizens from Reynosa. After presenting their Mexican border-crossing cards, they were referred to secondary for a more thorough examination. During the course of the inspection and with the use of all available resources, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the Jeep. CBP removed and seized 25 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 59.44 pounds and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP arrested both male travelers and subsequently released them to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special 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.