PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man in connection with a failed smuggling attempt of $420,580 worth of alleged cocaine.
“Once again, our frontline officers have demonstrated their true commitment towards the CBP mission of keeping dangerous drugs from crossing our international borders,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “By working as a team and utilizing all available tools and resources, our officers accomplished this outstanding interception of hard narcotics.”
On Feb. 28, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a brown 2000 Ford Focus driven by a 33-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa. After presenting his Mexican border-crossing card, a CBP officer referred him for further inspection and it was in secondary that packages of suspected narcotics were discovered within the Focus. Officers removed 22 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 54.54 pounds and ultimately seized the contraband along with the vehicle.
CBP Field Operations arrested the male traveler, who was subsequently released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
CBP’s Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.