CBP Officers Intercept $890K in Hard Narcotics at Pharr International Bridge
PHARR, TX - Alleged criminals have once again attempted to use fresh produce as a cover for their unsavory deeds, but the officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) have stepped in to make sure these plans could not be carried out.
The officers at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility uncovered packages containing alleged fentanyl and cocaine worth an estimated $890,000 in a commercial tractor/trailer arriving from Mexico with fresh produce.
“Our frontline officers working at the commercial facility in Pharr continue to maintain their vigilance and dedication to the border security mission. This significant, poly-drug seizure is attributable to the effective use of all available tools and resources. Their efforts this weekend prevented these narcotics from reaching our communities,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
The truck driver carrying a load of produce was stopped at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility on January 29, 2021, according to a report. After being referred by a CBP officer for non-intrusive imaging and a second examination, officers found the alleged drugs concealed within the vehicle.
Officers were able to remove packages weighing 95 pounds of alleged cocaine and 10.23 pounds of alleged fentanyl. The drugs were valued at $732,500 and $157,500, respectively.
The border patrol officers seized the narcotics, and the driver was arrested. The case is now being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.
Thank you to the hard-working officers who continue to keep fresh produce safe from unscrupulous actions.