CBP seized over $1 million in cocaine at Pharr port of entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 9:25am

UPDATED: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 8:22am

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized $1,068,000 worth of cocaine that was discovered within a BMW sedan driven by an Alton, Texas man.

“This was yet another seizure of cocaine that our CBP officers have discovered at our international bridges within the last few days,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “It appears that drug smuggling organizations are really pushing to get their drugs across the border and it is up to us at CBP keep up with them and put a hamper on their operations.”

The incident occurred on Tuesday morning, June 17 after CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 55-year-old male Mexican national, lawful permanent resident (LPR) from Alton. The lone occupant arrived in a silver 2000 BMW 328I and after presenting his LPR card, he was referred to secondary for further inspection. The vehicle was examined in secondary utilizing all available tools and resources, including the vehicle non-intrusive imaging system and it was there that officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the BMW. CBP-OFO removed and seized 14 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 33.38 pounds and seized the vehicle as well.

CBP-OFO arrested the male traveler who was then released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.

CBP Field Operations at 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.

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