PHARR, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized cocaine valued at $1,015,000 and arrested a man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with the alleged smuggling attempt.
The incident occurred on Tuesday morning, February 19, 2013 at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge when CBP-OFO officers encountered a beige 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by a 20-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa. After presenting his Mexican passport with U.S. visa, the driver and vehicle were referred to secondary for a more in-depth inspection. During the process of inspecting the vehicle, officers discovered 13 packages containing alleged cocaine, which were concealed within the vehicle. CBP-OFO seized the cocaine, which had an approximate weight of 14.38 kilograms (31.70 pounds) and the vehicle as well.
CBP-OFO arrested the adult male and released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
“Our officers’ outstanding commitment towards the interdiction of dangerous drugs at the border has enabled them to locate and seize these narcotics,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Keeping up with smuggling trends and continued vigilance is paramount in combating these illicit activities.”