Monday, July 16, 2012

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize Over $12.5 Million in Cocaine at the Pharr Port of Entry Cargo Facility

Pharr, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized alleged cocaine valued at more than $12 million at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge’s import lot.

On Thursday, July 12, 2012 CBP officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a Kenworth tractor and utility flatbed trailer at the cargo facility. The tractor and trailer were referred to CBP secondary for further inspection. Examination by CBP officers in cargo secondary revealed 150 packages hidden within the structure of the Transcraft flatbed trailer. CBP officers removed the 150 packages from the trailer which had a total weight of 172 kilograms (392.2 pounds) of alleged cocaine.

The alleged cocaine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $12,550,400. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the tractor-trailer.

“These dangerous drugs have been intercepted as a direct result of the outstanding work our CBP officers are doing every day. This is a large load of alleged cocaine that has been stopped at one of our nation’s busiest land border import lots thanks to the hard work by our CBP officers,” said Efrain Solis, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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