PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered $176,000 worth of marijuana within a commercial trailer arriving from Mexico.
“Our officers made a great interception of marijuana from within a commercial trailer in the cargo facility,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/ Anzalduas. “Keeping drugs from crossing our border is paramount for CBP Field Operations in our efforts to ensure the safety of our communities.”
On Dec. 9, 2019 a CBP officer assigned to the cargo facility in Pharr, TX referred a commercial tractor pulling an empty trailer to the non-intrusive imaging (NII) system for a secondary examination. A more intrusive subsequent inspection led to the discovery of 275 packages of alleged marijuana weighing 878.5 pounds (398.5 kg) that were hidden within the trailer.
CBP OFO seized the marijuana, the tractor/trailer and the case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.