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First, officers discovered 16 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 38.97 pounds hidden in a vehicle arriving from Mexico Friday. Then on Sunday, officers discovered 40 packages of methamphetamine weighing 45.19 pounds hidden in a tractor. The tractor was also arriving from Mexico.
Port Director of the Hidalgo, Pharr and Anzalduas areas Carlos Rodriguez was grateful for the officers’ diligence.
“Drug smuggling organizations sometimes use the large volumes of traffic during holiday weekends as cover to try to sneak in narcotics,” Roriguez said in a statement Monday. “But our vigilant CBP officers intercepted these loads of cocaine and methamphetamine thanks to the great teamwork of our frontline CBP officers and their utilization of all available tools and resources.”
A little over two weeks ago, CBP confiscated a combined $3 million worth of cocaine and meth at the same port. At the time, they captured two instances of people attempting to smuggle as much as 91 pounds of cocaine and 169 pounds of meth. Canine units helped sniff out the narcotics.
As a result, all vehicles and drugs were confiscated. All four cases are still under investigation.
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“In my extensive 13-year tenure, I find myself grappling with a reality I never envisaged. Our current circumstances defy logic; established policies, our solemn oaths, and the very essence of our professional calling have been eroded. Instead, we find ourselves relegated to mere affirmations from higher authorities, commending our efforts. The days of border patrol, the pursuit of illicit substances—what we colloquially term ‘dope’—have yielded to a role resembling that of caretakers,” the agent added.
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