PHARR, TEXAS—Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Pharr International Bridge seized $281,000 worth of methamphetamine and arrested a man from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico yesterday.
On Tuesday morning, December 18, CBP officers encountered a white 2005 Audi A3 driven by a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen from Guadalajara at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. After presenting his Mexican border crossing card, he was referred to secondary for further inspection and it was during the inspection process that officers discovered 16 packages weighing approximately 8.51 kilograms (18.75 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine which were concealed within the vehicle. CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
The adult male traveler was arrested and released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.
"This was an excellent interception of narcotics that was possible due to our officers' diligence and outstanding work ethic," said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Drug trafficking organizations will utilize a wide array of methods in their attempts to smuggle their contraband and it is up to us to detect those drugs and keep them out of our communities."
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.