PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $1,900,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine and arrested a Minnesota man in connection with the failed drug smuggling attempt.
“This was definitely a true example of how being able to analyze all the information presented along with our officers’ tenacity and persistence, allows CBP to accomplish notable seizures like this,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on March 8, at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge after a CBP officer encountered a 26-year-old man from St. Paul, Minnesota driving a tan 1990 Fleetwood recreational vehicle (RV). After referring the vehicle for further inspection and utilizing all available resources, including a canine team, officers discovered nearly 96 pounds of alleged bulk methamphetamine hidden within the RV.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the vehicle and arrested the traveler who was turned over 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 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.