Falfurrias, Texas - A load of jalapeño peppers held a significant surprise for U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias checkpoint, who seized more than 3,700 pounds of marijuana hidden inside it.
The seizure occurred Monday evening after the driver of a tractor-trailer attempted to travel undetected through the Falfurrias checkpoint with a suspected load of marijuana. A canine team, working with the primary agent, conducted a cursory search and alerted to the presence of illicit contraband. In the trailer, agents found more than $3 million worth of marijuana concealed in a load of jalapeño peppers.
The tractor-trailer, narcotics and one arrested individual were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In the past thirty days, agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector have seized close to 115,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of nearly $92 million.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.