PHARR, Texas — During the final week of September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations agents assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in Pharr, Texas, seized approximately $2.34 million in cocaine from two commercial vehicles.
The first seizure occurred on September 26, 2019, and involved a commercial truck-tractor and trailer arriving from Mexico hauling fresh carrots. Using non-intrusive imaging to inspect the trailer, agents discovered 60 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 211.64 pounds. CBP estimate the seized cocaine carried a street value of $1.6 million.
On September 30, 2019, a truck-tractor arriving from Mexico was referred for secondary inspection. Inside the truck-tractor, agents discovered 40 packages of cocaine weighing approximately 96 pounds. This seizure was estimated at $740,000.
“I commend our officers assigned to the cargo facility for their continued resolve in keeping dangerous drugs from crossing our border,” stated Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.
The vehicles and cocaine in both cases were seized and investigations turned over to the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). During the second smuggling attempt, the driver, a 39-year-old Matamoros, Tamaulipas, resident was arrested. No driver information was provided in the first incident.