Border Officials Seize Nearly $18M in Narcotics From Three Big Rigs Arriving From Mexico
Pharr, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility recently seized nearly $18 million in narcotics from big rigs arriving from Mexico.
According to CBP, two of the busts occurred on Friday, October 1.
A secondary inspection of the first tractor-trailer uncovered 35 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 87.74 pounds (39.80 kg) and one package of alleged fentanyl weighing 2.91 pounds (1.32kg) concealed within the conveyance.
A few hours later, a secondary examination of another big rig arriving from Mexico led to the discovery of 39 packages of cocaine weighing 67.02 pounds (30.40 kg) concealed within the tractor, CBP said.
About a week later on Saturday, October 9, CBP officials seized what was described by Port Director Carlos Rodriguez as a “massive load of methamphetamine.”
Officers discovered 468 packages of alleged meth weighing 1,179.47 pounds (535kg) concealed within the trailer of a commercial vehicle from Mexico.
CBP estimated the street value of the third bust at more than $16.5 million, with all three seizures totaling nearly $18 million.
The vehicles were also seized and the cases remain under investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.
No information was provided about the truckers involved.