U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted $768,700 in alleged cocaine in two separate enforcement actions.
“Our CBP officers continue to remain vigilant and utilize inspections experience and technology to disrupt narcotics smuggling attempts,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
US CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor trailer arriving from Mexico driven by a 41-year-old male Mexican national. A CBP officer referred the conveyance for further inspection, which included utilizing non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment and after physically inspecting the tractor/trailer, officers discovered 18 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 47 pounds (21.32 kg) concealed within the tractor.
Moments later, CBP officers encountered a tractor trailer arriving from Mexico driven by a 39-year-old male Mexican national. A CBP officer referred the conveyance for further inspection using non-intrusive imaging (NII) equipment. During the examination, officers discovered 23 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 52.64 pounds (23.88 kg) concealed within the vehicle.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, the tractor/trailer and the cases remain under investigation by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).