PHARR, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) agents at the Pharr International Bridge crossing at the Texas-Mexico border discovered $2.3 million in meth concealed in a pickup truck's tires on Sunday.
On October 27, 2019, CBP says a 59-year-old male Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas arrived from Mexico at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge driving a green Ford F-150.
The driver was referred for further inspection. Using non-intrusive imaging (NII), agents discovered 24 packages of alleged methamphetamine, weighing 115 pounds, concealed within the tires. CBP estimates the street value of the narcotics at $2,305,000.
“Our officers’ continued resolve was evidenced once again with this outstanding seizure of hard narcotics,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “This was definitely a good strike against the drug smuggling organizations and their goal of bringing dangerous drugs into our country.”
The methamphetamine and pickup truck were seized by CBP. The driver was arrested and subsequently released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.