FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized nearly 300 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated value of more than $9.3 million, early Thursday morning.
The seizure occurred when a man driving a tractor-trailer approached the Falfurrias Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North. During an immigration inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the vehicle. Upon further inspection, agents discovered more than 100 bundles of cocaine hidden inside the trailer.
The driver was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the narcotics.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
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.