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CBP Officers at the Pharr Port of Entry Seize Cocaine Valued at Over $347K

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge seized alleged cocaine valued at $347,480.

“I commend our frontline CBP officers on this interception of hard narcotics. We are keeping drugs off of our streets, protecting our communities and our vigilance is continuous,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

Packages containing 45 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge
Packages containing 45 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Pharr International
Bridge.

The seizure occurred on April 19 at the Pharr International Bridge after CBP officers referred a white 2003 Honda Accord LX to secondary for an enforcement inspection. A 47-year-old female Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico drove the vehicle. After a physical inspection and the use a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system, CBP officers discovered 17 packages containing 45 pounds of alleged cocaine.

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CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned her over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $291K in Hard Drugs

TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a U.S. citizen involved in connection with a failed attempt to smuggle almost $291,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin into the United States this past Wednesday.

Officers discovered drugs within the back of the seats of a smuggling vehicle
Officers discovered drugs
within the back of the seats
of a smuggling vehicle

Officers working at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 39-year-old man for further inspection of his Infinity sedan Wednesday evening. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent that it was trained to detect, resulting in drugs being located throughout the vehicle. The inspection led to the discovery of more than 82 pounds of meth, worth more than $248,000 as well as more than 2 pounds of heroin, worth in excess of $42,000.

Smugglers attempted to hide packages of meth and heroin within the spare tire of a smuggling vehicle
Smugglers attempted to hide packages
of meth and heroin within the spare tire
of a smuggling vehicle

Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle, and after being arrested turned the subject over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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