POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 10:50am
UPDATED: Monday, January 28, 2013 - 8:39am
PHARR, TEXAS (NEWS CENTER 23) — Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized over $800,000 worth of heroin this past weekend.
The incident occurred on Sunday evening, January 20, 2013 after a black 2003 Cadillac Escalade driven by a 26-year-old United States citizen from Bronx, New York arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. The driver presented his U.S. passport and was referred to secondary for further inspection. During the process of inspecting the vehicle officers discovered six packages weighing approximately 3.80 kilograms (8.37 pounds) of alleged heroin which were concealed within the vehicle’s battery. CBP seized the narcotics which have an estimated street value of $837,000 and the vehicle.
The adult male was arrested and released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
“This was another compact but significant seizure of hard narcotics our officers intercepted this weekend,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “This method of smuggling narcotics has become more prevalent within our bridges but our officers have once again foiled another failed attempt.”