PHARR, Texas — Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations working at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized $2,065,000 worth of marijuana that was discovered within a commercial shipment of fresh limes.
“Our frontline CBP officers intercepted another big load of marijuana this weekend at our commercial facility in Pharr,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/ Pharr/Anzalduas. “This mirrors previous seizures of this narcotic and shows that drug smuggling organizations have not abandoned this method in their attempts to push marijuana across the border.”
The seizure occurred on Friday afternoon, May 23 after CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a red 2003 Kenworth tractor pulling a white 1999 Utility trailer. The conveyance was importing a manifested commercial shipment of fresh limes from Mexico and it was referred for a secondary inspection. The shipment was examined utilizing a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system and subsequently referred to secondary for further inspection. During the process of the secondary examination, CBP officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics comingled within the boxes of limes. CBP removed a total of 575 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 2,064.60 pounds. CBP seized the marijuana, the tractor/trailer and the commodity 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.