CBP officers intercept three narcotic smuggling attempts in one day

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Narcotics seized (Source: CBP Field Operations at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry)

February 07 2021 06:00 pm

Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) intercepted three smuggling attempts at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges in one day.

According to a release, officers at the Anzalduas-Reynosa international Bridge referred a 19-year-old man from Pharr for a secondary inspection. Officers then detected 10 packages of narcotics hidden within the vehicle that resulted in nearly 25 pounds of cocaine, valued at $191, 400. 

A few hours later, CBP officers at the same border crossing referred a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old man from Jalisco, Mexico for further inspection.  According to the release, authorities found 20 packages weighing 19 pounds of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle, valued at $147,200. 

In addition, an officer at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge referred a 19-year-old from McAllen that arrived as a pedestrian for additional inspection. Officials then discovered two packages of methamphetamine strapped to his body. According to the release, the narcotics weighed 2.33 pounds, valued at $46,700. 

The release adds CBP OFO seized all the narcotics, both vehicles and arrested the three men involved. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) took custody of the subjects and are continuing the investigation. 

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