US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep CBP.gov current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

Agents in Texas Seize $3M in Marijuana Hidden in Jalapeño Shipment

Release Date: 
May 18, 2011

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.

After a canine team alerted to the trailer, agents found $3 million in marijuana hidden in the pepper shipment.

After a canine team alerted to the trailer, agents found $3 million in marijuana hidden in the pepper shipment.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017