153 pounds of marijuana seized at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge.Posted on May 1, 2009
On May 1, 2009 a CBP officers working at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge came in contact with a northbound traveler driving a 1995 Ford Bronco. The traveler was accompanied by two passengers, a male and a female. After a primary examination, the vehicle, driver and passengers were referred to secondary for an intensive inspection. In secondary, officers noted discrepancies to the vehicle's gas tank. "Slick", a narcotic detector dog, alerted officers to the presence of narcotic odors emanating from the Bronco's undercarriage. A non-intrusive image scan revealed anomalies within the Bronco's gas tank. Officers found the gas tank equipped with three compartments. Each of the compartments concealed a large amount of compressed bulk marijuana. Arrested on federal drug charges were the driver, Ramon Oscar Robledo, a U.S. citizen, 25 years of age from Duncanville, Texas and passenger, Arturo Galvan, a U.S. citizen, 43 years of age from Dallas, Texas. The female passenger was not charged and was later released. After their arrest, both men were transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents who continue to investigate this failed smuggling attempt. CBP officers seized the marijuana and the Ford Bronco.
Source: US Customs and Border Protection