Customs and Border Protection seizes close to $1 million in cocaine
PHARR, TX — Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) working at the Pharr International Bridge seized $947,000 worth of cocaine that was discovered within a Ford Focus driven by a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man.
“This was definitely a team effort by our frontline officers that ultimately produced the interception of these hard narcotics,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas. “What appeared to be a normal, everyday encounter with a traveler resulted in a CBP officer taking the initiative to decipher the inconsistencies, leading to the discovery of these illicit drugs.”
CBP officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on Saturday, April 26 encountered a maroon Ford Focus driven by an 18-year-old male Mexican citizen who presented his Mexican border-crossing card. After the initial primary contact with a CBP officer, he was referred to secondary for further examination and it was there, and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system that officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the Focus. CBP officers removed and seized 12 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 29.59 pounds and seized the Ford Focus as well.
CBP-OFO arrested the driver and he was subsequently released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.