Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth Seized Makes for a Busy WeekendPosted on March 15, 2014
Four separate arrests led to the seizure of $6,452,000 worth of various narcotics at the Pharr, Anzalduas and Rio Grande City International Bridges in Texas.
On Saturday morning, March 8, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers approached a white 2001 Volkswagen Beetle at the Rio Grande City-Carmago International Bridge. After presenting his U.S. passport, the 20-year-old driver was referred for a more thorough inspection. Upon searching his vehicle, officers found 6 packages of cocaine concealed within the Volkswagen. The cocaine weighed in at 14.62 pounds with an approximate street value of $468,000.
That same morning, officers at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge came across a 2007 Honda CRV driven by a 43-year-old citizen of Mexico. The driver presented his Mexican border crossing card and was referred for further inspection. A search of his vehicle uncovered 18 packages of methamphetamine, 9 packages of cocaine, and 5 packages of heroin hidden inside the Honda’s seats. The methamphetamine weighed 65.12 pounds with an estimated street value of $2,084,000. The cocaine weighed 22.5 pounds with an estimated street value of $720,000, and the heroin weighed 10.58 pounds with an estimated street value of $1,058,000.
Later that same Saturday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers along the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a 2011 Chevrolet Cruz driven by a 34-year-old Mexican citizen. The driver was referred for additional inspection after producing his Mexican border crossing card. Subsequent search of the Chevrolet’s interior led to the discovery of 26 packages of cocaine, weighing 65.04 pounds. The estimated street value of this find is $2,082,000.
The following evening, Sunday, March 9, 2014, officers at the Anzalduas-Reynosa International Bridge came across a 2014 Ford Taurus driven by a 27-year-old U.S. citizen. The driver presented his passport and was referred for further inspection. A search of the Ford uncovered 3 packages of methamphetamine concealed within the driver’s luggage. The find weighed in at 1.25 pounds with an estimated street value of $40,000.
All four drivers were arrested and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations. Their narcotics and vehicles were seized.