PHARR, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge arrested three Guatemalan men in connection with a seizure and alleged attempt to smuggle heroin valued at $745,000 as internal body carriers.
“Our officers have made a huge discovery and seizure by intercepting these internal body carriers that are alleged to have introduced these hard narcotics by having ingested heroin-filled pellets,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “This is an unusual means of transporting narcotics and one that is not common along the southwest land border but our officers’ excellent inspectional skills and observational techniques have allowed us to make this exceptional interception.”
On Sunday, September 2, 2012 shortly after noon a Mexican taxicab arrived at thePharr-ReynosaInternationalBridgeand the three passengers presented their Guatemalan passports withU.S.visas. A CBP officer referred the taxi and occupants to secondary for further inspection. During the secondary inspection officers discovered that the three male travelers ages 28, 25 and 26 may possibly be internal carriers and were transported to a local hospital for further examination and a medical evaluation. At the hospital the three men passed a total of 268 pellets filled with alleged brown heroin. The three men passed 95 (2.60 lbs), 91 (2.51 lbs) and 82 (2.34 lbs) pellets respectively for a total combined weight of 3.38 kgs (7.45 pounds). CBP seized the narcotics which have a combined total estimated street value of $745,000.
All three male travelers were released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation after being medically cleared from the hospital.