U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility arrested a 41-year-old man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico after discovering $507,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the commercial tractor he was driving. Officers also arrested three persons for allegedly attempting to enter the U.S. utilizing valid entry travel documents belonging to other people.
“Maintaining a positive enforcement focus and being able to detect anomalies with persons, vehicles or merchandise is the foundation that our officers build on in our day-to-day operations. The effective application of these experience-honed skills produced positive results this weekend,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
On Aug. 21, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a red 1999 Kenworth tractor entering the U.S. from Mexico. A non-intrusive imaging system inspection and further examination in secondary resulted in the discovery of 12 packages of alleged methamphetamine which were concealed within the tractor’s batteries. CBP OFO seized the narcotics which weighed approximately 25.35 pounds and seized the commercial tractor as well.
On the same date at the Hidalgo International Bridge, CBP officers arrested two women and a man, on two separate, unrelated incidents who allegedly attempted to enter the U.S. utilizing valid Mexican border crossing cards belonging to other people. Officers detected these documents on two sisters, ages 23 and 29 from Reynosa and on a 33-year-old man from Irapuato, Guanajuato.
CBP OFO arrested the man involved with the narcotics and released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation. The other three persons were incarcerated pending an appearance before a U.S. federal magistrate on criminal charges for alleged violation of U.S. immigration law.