CBP at Pharr Int’l Bridge Seize Over $4M in Narcotics (Learn More, Video)

Packages containing 2,444 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge (Image courtesy of CBP)
Packages containing 2,444 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge (Image courtesy of CBP)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized approximately $4,199,321 worth of alleged marijuana and methamphetamine in separate, unrelated incidents.

Donna Sifford, Deputy Port Director

“These are tremendous narcotics seizures,” said Deputy Port Director Donna Sifford, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

“I commend our CBP officers for their continued hard work and fidelity to the CBP mission.”

On Sept. 30, CBP officers from the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility referred a white 1995 Freightliner tractor trailer for a secondary inspection.

During the secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics.

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CBP officers extracted 422 packages containing a total of 2,444.93 pounds of alleged marijuana co-mingled within a shipment of frozen mangos and blueberries.

CBP Canine Patrol Inspection
CBP Canine Patrol Inspection

The narcotics have an estimated street value of $488,980.

Later that day at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility, CBP officers referred a white 2008 Ford F-350 for a secondary inspection.

After a physical inspection, CBP officers discovered 167.82 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the truck with an estimated street value of $3,356,283.

On Sept. 28, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a yellow 1989 Kenworth tractor trailer.

The conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imaging (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the narcotics.

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CBP officers extracted 108 packages containing a total of 1,770.31 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within a shipment of watermelons.

The seized narcotics have an estimated street value of $354,058.

CBP OFO seized the drugs.

The seizures have a combined estimated street value of approximately $4,199,321. The cases remain under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

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