PHARR, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with a seizure of marijuana valued at approximately $153,000.
The incident occurred on Wednesday evening, May 15, when CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a white 1997 Chevrolet pickup arriving from Reynosa being driven by a 28-year-old male Mexican citizen. The adult male presented his Mexican border-crossing card to an OFO officer who proceeded to refer him to secondary for a more thorough examination. While performing the secondary inspection, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the bed area of the pickup. Officers extracted a total of 82 packages of alleged marijuana which weighed approximately 69.54 kilograms (153.30) pounds and seized it along with the vehicle.
CBP officers arrested the adult male and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
"This was an interesting seizure of marijuana our officers intercepted in the private vehicle environment," said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. "Although we have encountered marijuana in larger quantities comingled in commercial-type importations of merchandise, it had been some time since we seized it in private passenger vehicles."
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.