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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

CBP at Pharr Seizes Close to $200,000 in Methamphetamine, Reynosa Man Arrested

Pharr, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Pharr International Bridge seized methamphetamine valued at close to $200,000 and arrested a man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. 

On June 21, CBP officers at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 36-year-old male United States citizen. The male traveler presented his State of Texas issued identification card along with a U.S. birth certificate and claimed to reside in Reynosa. A CBP officer referred the lone occupant and vehicle to secondary for further inspection and it was there that officers discovered 12 packages containing approximately 12.87 pounds of methamphetamine that were concealed within the vehicle’s battery. CBP seized the narcotics which have an estimated street value of approximately $193,000 and the vehicle as well.

The adult male traveler was released to the custody of Homeland-Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

“This is yet another load of narcotics which has been concealed within a vehicle’s battery that our officers have intercepted,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas. “Our officers’ continued vigilance and excellent enforcement posture has enabled us to detect these narcotics thus reinforcing CBP’s commitment to keep our communities safe from these harmful drugs.”

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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