PHARR, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Pharr International Bridge discovered over $1 million worth of marijuana concealed within a commercial shipment of farm equipment.
“This was an outstanding interception of narcotics that our officers accomplished utilizing all available tools and resources,” said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Just like the drug smuggling organizations think outside the box, so do our officers as demonstrated by this excellent seizure of drugs that will be kept out of our communities.”
The seizure occurred on Wednesday afternoon, December 4, after a commercial shipment of farm equipment arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility. The manifested farm equipment arrived on a commercial tractor/trailer, a red 2014 Kenworth pulling a flatbed trailer, which was referred to the commercial non-intrusive imaging system and subsequently for a secondary examination of shipment and conveyance. During the course of the secondary examination, officers discovered bulk, alleged marijuana packed into some cylindrical metal tubes that were part of the farm equipment. CBP officers extracted and seized a total 504.5 kilograms (1122.22 lbs.) from four tubes and seized the tractor/trailer and farm equipment as well.
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.