Pharr, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized marijuana valued at approximately $5,190,000, in a commercial shipment of assorted candy.
“This substantial interception of marijuana in the commercial environment comes on the heels of two huge seizures of narcotics accomplished approximately ten days ago” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “The drug smuggling organizations continue in their pursuit of introducing these drugs across our border and our frontline officers’ resiliency is just as consistent in keeping them out.”
The seizure occurred on Monday afternoon, February 17, after a blue 1996 Volvo tractor pulling a white refrigerated trailer arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility with a manifested commercial shipment of assorted candy. A CBP officer referred the conveyance to secondary for a more intensive inspection, conducting a non-intrusive imaging examination beforehand. During the course of the examination, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics comingled within the boxes of candies. CBP extracted 4,618 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 5,190 pounds.
CBP seized the tractor/trailer along with the commodity.
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.