PHARR, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge seized cocaine valued at $1,015,000 and arrested a man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt.
The incident occurred on February 19, at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge when CBP officers encountered a beige 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by a 20-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa. After presenting his Mexican passport with U.S. visa, the driver and vehicle were referred to secondary for a more in-depth inspection. During the process of inspecting the vehicle, officers discovered 13 packages containing alleged cocaine, which were concealed within the vehicle. CBP officers seized the cocaine, which had an approximate weight of more than 31 pounds and the vehicle.
CBP arrested the adult male and released him to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations agents for further investigation.
"Our officer's outstanding commitment towards the interdiction of dangerous drugs at the border has enabled them to locate and seize these narcotics," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Keeping up with smuggling trends and continued vigilance is paramount in combating these illicit activities."
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.