CBP Field Operations Seizes Close to $1 Million in Narcotics at Pharr International Bridge
PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility arrested a 30-year-old man from Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico after discovering $953,000 worth of methamphetamine and cocaine within the commercial truck he was driving.
“I commend our officers assigned to the cargo facility for their vigilance and continued efforts in processing legitimate trade and simultaneously having an enforcement mindset, which resulted in the discovery of these hard narcotics,” said Port Director David Gonzalez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
CBP officers working at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility on Nov. 19 encountered a Mexican truck driver with a commercial shipment of fresh produce arriving from Mexico.
The shipment was selected for further inspection, which included utilizing a non-intrusive imaging system (NII), and ultimately, officers discovered 10 packages of alleged methamphetamine and five packages of alleged cocaine. The methamphetamine weighed 43 pounds (19.4 kg) valued at $859,500 and the cocaine weighed 12.13 pounds (5.5 kg) with a street value of $93,500.
Packages containing 43 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Pharr International
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the tractor and arrested the driver who was then turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
SOURCE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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