66.81 Kilos seized from a hidden compartment inside a Toyota 4-Runner Pharr, TexasPosted on May 3, 2009
On May 3 CBP officers working at the Pharr/Reynosa International
Bridge came in contact with another northbound male traveler. The
traveler was accompanied by his spouse and four minor children.
After the primary inspection, the driver, family members and vehicle
were referred to secondary inspection for an intensive examination.
While in secondary, the vehicle was referred for a non-intrusive
image scan. X-ray images revealed anomalies within the vehicle’s
rear floor area. “Argo”, a narcotic detector dog, alerted officers to
the presence of narcotic odors emanating from the rear bumper
areas. While conducting an intensive examination of the vehicle,
officers found a hidden floor compartment below the backseat area.
From the compartment, officers removed 61 cocaine packages. The
total amount of cocaine found was 66.81 kilograms. The driver was
identified as Felix Mario Garza Banda, a Mexican citizen, 32 years
of age from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He was arrested on federal
drug charges. After his arrest, Garza Banda was transferred to the
custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special
agents who continue to investigate this failed smuggling attempt.
The family members were returned to Mexico. CBP officers seized
the cocaine and the Toyota 4-Runner.